Staying cool in the sun, even if you have to run

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It was a race against the thermometer for many people on Boathouse Row Sunday morning. (WPVI)

It was a race against the thermometer for many people on Boathouse Row Sunday morning.

They tried to squeeze in a workout before the heat became too much to handle.

"Too hot this afternoon. The earlier the better," said Yusef McCafferty of South Philadelphia.

"You basically bring water with you, as you can see we have backpacks. I bring plenty of nutrition, we stop as much as we can so we don't dehydrate," said Gary Brown of Roxborough.

When it got too hot, some runners took shelter in the air conditioning at Philadelphia Runner watching other people run in the Olympics.

"You kind of actually forget it's warm outside when you're in here. It feels great," said Breandan Lyman, Philadelphia Runner.

The shop has its cooler right at the front door for runners - or anyone - to stop in and re-hydrate.

And they're not the only ones.

A viewer sent us a photo from an Acme supermarket in Northern Liberties offering cold water to thirsty shoppers.



For parents, Eakins Oval was the place to find a nice breeze, and some indoor fun.

"I put a cooler in the bag, there's ice water in there, some snacks. Make sure they stay in the shade every once in a while," said Amanda Farley-Rambo of Sicklerville, New Jersey.

"We were playing in the fountain over there earlier today, drank a lot of water. I lather her up pretty good with the SPF 50 and she does alright," said Albert Davis of Manayunk.


At the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, its Heatline has been open all weekend and operators have been busy answering heat-related questions, especially for folks with medical conditions.

"Maybe their body's not telling them they're not doing well with the heat. Or certain prescriptions that don't allow them to deal well with the heat. That's the dangerous part and that's where we wind up having heat-related deaths that are very preventable," said Chris Gallagher, PCA Heatline.

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Public Health Department announced the third heat-related death during this heatwave.

The 59-year-old man suffered from diabetes and congestive heart failure in North Philadelphia.

Officials are urging people to check on elderly neighbors who may not realize they're overheating as highs are still foretasted to be in the 90s in the days ahead.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Heatline will be open until 9 p.m. You can call (215) 765-9040 to talk to someone about heat related health issues and medical problems.
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