Summer 2022: Crowds flock to Ocean City, New Jersey to beat the heat

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (WPVI) — A 5-year-old boy throws a bucket of water over his father’s head in Ocean City, N.J.

A welcome gesture given the temperatures this week.

But Chris Creswell, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, says they’ve come up with plenty of ways to stay cool during their heatwave vacation.

“We go to the hotel pool when we need to hide from the sun for a bit, but otherwise we just go to the sea. It’s lovely,” Creswell said.

Mother Sarah Creswell seeks solace in the shade, in a tent with its opening facing the sea.

“This is my place. Out of the sun but the water is cold. It’s great,” she said.

A group of campers from Youth on a Mission chose a hot day for a day trip ashore, but they came prepared with large water jugs.

“We teach our children to drink water constantly. When we do outreaches in all of these cities, the most important thing is that their water bottles are always refilled and that they keep drinking water,” said John Masick, who is helping to oversee the trip.

Beachgoers carried cases of water and coolers.

“We’ve got some water in our cooler and a couple of spritzers, so we’re going to sit here by the water and just relax,” said Tanika Hines of West Philadelphia.

The folks at TLC’s Polish Water Ice said the start of this season has been slow. But this week is her time to shine.

“We’re open every night until about 1 a.m. It was good. The hot weather – that’s our weather,” said owner John Viehweger.

But for most people, a dip in the sea on Wednesday is the best way to beat the heat.

“The water’s like 28 degrees, so I’m in the water boogie boarding,” said Tanner Lacy of Woodstown, NJ.

“I’m all in because it’s hot! You have to keep your body cool and you have to stay hydrated,” said Nneka Jones of West Philadelphia.

Local officials along the shore are urging people to drink and stay cool, seek air-conditioned places if you don’t have air-conditioning in your home, and take breaks from the sun.

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