Granite Staters just seeking some relief from the heat
The line of about 50 people waiting to get into the city pool at Livingston Park on Tuesday was also pretty good indicator just how hot it was and what some were willing to do while seeking comfort.
Maximum capacity at the pool is 325 people.
Nobody's complaining about the cool temperatures these days. The Granite State is in the midst of a heat wave that forecasters expect to run through the rest of the week.
Meteorologist Mike Kistner of the NWS office in Gray, Maine, said it wasn't record-breaking heat, but temperatures throughout the Granite State have been running 10-to-12 degrees above normal.
Public health officials have been sending out advisories about the heat and offering tips on how to stay safe until it cools off. Communities have arranged public "cooling centers," where people who don't have air conditioning can escape the conditions outside.
"It's centrally located and it has air-conditioning, which is a big factor," Bedford Fire Chief Scott Wiggin said. "From Monday to Friday they're open late and they have the resources available for people to keep themselves occupied."
Mike Kenney of the city Highway Department covered his head with a white T-shirt, which he periodically doused with cool water in between hauling wheelbarrows of hot asphalt during a paving project along Ash Street. He said the asphalt itself is about 375 to 400 degrees and combining that with the extreme temperatures makes for long days.
"I run 13 guys out here. We're really conscientious about making sure they're hydrated," Morris said. "Make sure they work in a buddy system. Nobody works alone and everybody's kind of keeping an eye on each other. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. We can't stress it enough with our guys."