NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - It's day two of an expected extended heat wave in western Massachusetts, and it's particularly hard on people who work outside.
Justin Bielanski of Easthampton's Pioneer Landscapes says that staying cool in this extreme heat is hard.
"It's difficult to keep hydrated throughout the day. I just make sure to drink a lot of water and Gatorade. It's usually easier to work during the morning time, too," Bielanski said.
Annie Sullivan Chin works for Pedal People. She hauls up to 300lbs of recycling trash and compost around the streets of Northampton five days a week. She says she preps her body in advance.
"It starts the day before, so making sure you stay hydrated the day before, overnight and into the morning. I brought an extra hydration pack today and in addition to that, I have a couple of water bottles filled with ice water in my bag," Sullivan said.
It's so hot that just after noontime, the mercury in Northampton reached 94 degrees.
"It's getting to be oppressive," Fred Ranaudo of Florence said. "It just seems like as the day goes on, everything warms up, it gets hotter. If there's not breeze, then it's tough to stay cool."
People looking to stay cool have sought refuge in air conditioned places like the Forbes Library.
"We notice that people who don't have air conditioning at home or people who don't even have homes; we notice them in here as well; using the library as a place to get some cool air for a while," Library Assistant Director Lisa Downing said.
A spokeswoman for Cooley Dickinson Hospital told 22News that in the last week, they've averaged one patient a day being treated for heat-related illnesses.