MAMARONECK, N.Y. - David Parker spent Thursday morning in his daughter's un-air-conditioned home, before making his way to the Weaver Street Firehouse, which Larchmont used as a cooling center between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for its residents.
"The heat has not abated, it's still devilishly hot," said Parker, who arrived at the Town of Mamaroneck Firehouse around 11 a.m.
Shortly after he arrived, Parker joined members who had lunch and a movie in the air-conditioned room, which is normally the municipality's senior center. Thursday, it was both, but no one showed up specficially for the cooling center.
"When you go outside it takes your breathe away," said Kay Flynn, a Mamaroneck resident also at the firehouse for the senior center. "It's delightful in here."
Flynn and Christine Paceaicz, also a Mamaroneck resident, usually come to the senior center two-to-three times a week, but said they may wind up coming more this week becuase of the heat.
The heat index Thursday afternoon was in the range of 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which will persist through Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
"Potential impacts and concerns for everyone include heat-related disorders for children, the elderly, and people performing physical activities, especially during the peak heat times that are reached mid-day," according to a press release from the National Weather Service, which an excessive heat warning for the New York Metropolitan region Thursday.
Kathy Flynn, who supervised the cooling center, said those present were there for the senior center and that nobody showed up to use the cooling center specifically. At 6 p.m., Town of Mamaroneck administrator Stephen Altieri decided not to extend the hours of operation for the cooling center. He said he would have kept it open if there was a demand for it.
The Village of Mamaroneck manager Richard Slingerland said people in Mamaroneck and Larchmont typically stay home and use their own air conditioning. Slingerland expects that the cooling center will be open again tomorrow.
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