Heat Escape Shortened By Westchester Storm Threat

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Lionel Henderson and his goddaughter Ani enjoyed Saturday at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains.
Lionel Henderson and his goddaughter Ani enjoyed Saturday at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Westchester residents eager to get in the water wait in line Saturday at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains.
Westchester residents eager to get in the water wait in line Saturday at Saxon Woods Pool in White Plains. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Josephine Felicinano (right) leaves Saxon Woods Saturday before getting in to escape potential thunderstorms.
Josephine Felicinano (right) leaves Saxon Woods Saturday before getting in to escape potential thunderstorms. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Westchester until 7 p.m., the first signs of which sent Josephine Felicinano's family indoors early Saturday afternoon.

The Mamaroneck residents said they spent two hours in line to get into Saxon Woods Pool until clouds and a brief, light drizzle convinced them to find relief from the heat somewhere else. They said they had made it about halfway through the line, which filled the sidewalk leading to the entrance and wrapped around into the parking area.

The National Weather Service also issued a heat advisory for Westchester County from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. The high was expected to reach 94 degrees at Westchester County Airport, but dipped below 90 before 3 p.m. There is a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday, some of which could be severe with damaging winds. 

Sunday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before 8 a.m., followed by mostly sunshine. The high is 88 and the low is 62 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Monday will be mostly sunny with a high near 83 and a low around 63. 

Lionel Henderson, of White Plains, brought his goddaughter, visiting from Poughkeepsie for the weekend, to Saxon Woods Pool early enough that they were able to get in and out before any rain. Henderson, who has lived in White Plains for 25 years, said he just started using the pool in the past few years when he became a godfather.

Karen Pastrana, of Dobbs Ferry, just bought a three-year county park pass for her family, and put it to use Saturday at Saxon Woods Pool with her children Leilani, 1, and Michael, 7. 

Fatima Flores, of Hastings, also fell victim to the long line to get into Saxon Woods Pool, and decided to, instead, take her two daughters, Christina and Sarah, to get frozen yogurt in Dobbs Ferry.

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