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Staying cool in the dangerous heat. Jeff Chirico reports during Actions News at 11 p.m. on July 21, 2017. (WPVI)

It's humid, it's hot, it's sticky.

But fans came anyway. Thousands of them. Under the blazing sun. Many toting extra water as they lined up to see the Doobie Brothers and Chicago heat up the BB&T Pavilion in Camden.

Tailgaters huddled under umbrellas for shade. One family from Bucks County came prepared with fruit, cold sandwiches, and H2O. "Just hang out. Stay hydrated. We're hydrating," said Lori Ciaudelli of Chalfont.

In Rittenhouse Square, plenty of empty outdoor tables can be found as many diners chose the AC over al fresco.

However, runners along the Schuylkill River were not deterred by the temperatures in the 90s.

"I felt kinda sloppy and lazy in the AC all day so after work I came down here," stated Chad Cole of Chestnut Hill.

But the excessive heat poses a major risk to the elderly.

Because of the heat, employees of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging stayed late to field calls on the Heat Helpline from seniors and their caregivers who may be experiencing distress even as the sun set.

"The low temperature tonight is the dangerous thing. It's only going to go down to the high 70s, that's not going to cool off homes," said Helpline Director, Chris Gallagher.

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