Today Marks The 4th Heat Wave This Summer
By Jenn Bernstein
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Today marks the fourth heat wave of the summer, as temperatures rose for a third day in a row – into the 90s.
At Sister Cities Park, children played in a splash fountain to stay cool. One of them was two-year-old Alexander Berger.
“We are hanging out at the water park to beat the heat. It feels like one hundred degrees,” said his mother, Rian Berger.
On Spring Garden Street, the Dunkin Donuts dealt with day two of no air conditioning. It was being fixed when Eyewitness News stopped by. Outside, people stepping out for lunch tried to stay in the shade.
“I just hope the grids hold and the air conditioning can stay. I feel bad for the Dunkin Donuts guys,” said Teresa Delaney.
Up in Germantown, volunteers with The Philadelphia Project didn’t let the heat deter their project this week – restoring an old house owned by Canaan Baptist Church into a youth center.
“We have a relatively shaded area so we got lucky with the breeze that’s been going around. Inside we also have fans,” said volunteer Kayla Dwyer.
Just down the road, Steven Schiavone, the Aid for Friends executive director, delivered a fan to resident Dennis Jenkins. The organization provides free meals and friendly visits to people who are frail, elderly, or disabled and homebound. In this heat, organizers are extra vigilante to make sure those in need get help, “The people we deal with, they are either elderly or younger and disabled and they’re susceptible to things like this,” said Steve.
Dennis Jenkins welcomes the help, “This fan here helps me out…fans, meals, good greetings. They think about me all the time.”