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People across WNY deal with record high temperatures

BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) — A lot of folks are finding ways to cool off during today’s hot temperatures. People are cooling off at public pools and splash pads, but for roofers today, they have no choice but to do their job directly in the sun.

“On a day like today, I think it’s the worst day for any roofer,” said Anatoliy Aponchuk who owns AVA Roofing.

During a hot day like WNY had on Wednesday, workers admit it’s tough.

“You’re constantly sweating. That dirt gets on your skin. It’s just brutal,” Aponchuk said. “You itch and you just don’t want to do it, but you have to.”

He says they taking breaks often and drinking plenty of water is crucial.

“The best way for us to deal with it is to take constant breaks, every half hour or so, come down for a water break or hang out in the shade, reset and go back up,” he said.

At MLK Park, people had no problem soaking in the sun and staying cool at one of the city’s splash pads.

“It feels good I guess and it’s fun and I’m a water kid and it’s actually hot,” said Jayden Weller.

“It’s hot, nobody wants to sit in the house, you know. I got a lot of kids so it’s good to get them out,” said Veronica Snow, who went to the park with her kids.

The city has a total of 10 splash pads open right now. Because of a lifeguard shortage, the city wasn’t able to open its outdoor pools, but parents are making the most of this summer day.

“It feels great. My kids love the water as you can see. They enjoy it,” Snow said. “So it’s good to have it. We don’t have no pools right now so this is the best that we can get.”

“It’s beautiful, I love the weather. I used to live down in Florida for 30 years so this is wonderful,” Elizabeth Weller said.

Mayor Brown announced a list of city of Buffalo cooling centers where city residents can escape the heat and humidity.

  • Autumnwood Senior Center, 1800 Clinton St., open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Broadway Market Food Court, 999 Broadway – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day, except Sunday.
  • Delavan-Grider Community Center, 977 E. Delavan Ave. – open until 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday
  • Dorothy J. Collier Community Center, 118 E. Utica St., Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Ave. – open 24 hours every day, except Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St. – open until 9 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day, expect Sunday;
  • Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn St., open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Richmond-Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer St., open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center, 585 William St., open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Residents can also cool down at the following Buffalo & Erie County libraries in the City of Buffalo:
  • Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square – open until 7 p.m. today, open Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. – open until 8 p.m. today, open Thursday, Noon to 8 p.m., and open Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
  • Dudley Branch Library, 2010 South Park Ave., open Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
  • East Clinton Branch Library, 1929 Clinton St. – open today until 7 p.m., open Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library, 280 Porter Ave. – open today until 7 p.m., open Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For more information on these cooling centers, and additional sites, residents should call 211.

Sarah Minkewicz is a reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.

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