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As Heat Continues In Philadelphia Area, Many Still Braving It Outdoors

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By Syma Chowdhry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If a dip in some cool water sounds refreshing to you, you’re not alone.

More than 300 people in Collingswood went to the community pool to beat the heat on Wednesday.

“For now, it’s really humid, but it’s very nice out,” says Abigail Clapper.

“When I first stepped out of the house I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s so hot, it’s really hot,’” she added.

In Philadelphia, where a huge outdoor public pool can be hard to come by, folks were staying cool in other ways.

Some tourists at the Liberty Bell, however, were unprepared.

“I wish this line would move a lot quicker because I really want to get inside,” tourist Ryan said.

“I didn’t bring a hat or sunglasses or anything,” admitted Janzia Martin, another tourist.

And the dog days of summer were driving some dogs at Seger Park at 11th and Lombard towards the shade.

“They still need exercise, but at the same time, we need to keep them cool and to provide water for them to cool off,” one person said.

Water does the trick for most people and pets. But for millions of Muslims who are fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, this weather can be a challenge: Muslims can’t eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset for the next 30 days.

Bazal Rahman works in a food cart all day long. Speaking in Urdu, he said it was hotter inside his cart than out on the sidewalk.

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