Summer 2022: Philadelphians make the best of their weekend despite extreme heat

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — People are ready to see temperatures drop, but for now, they’re trying their best to stay cool.

“Playing in the fountain and building water balloons to keep cool,” said Tiyonna Amy of West Philadelphia.

The city of Philadelphia set a new record on Sunday with 99 degrees – according to meteorologist Brittany Boyer, it was the hottest day in 10 years.

The city has extended the opening hours of its refrigeration centers until Monday. Drinking plenty of water and taking breaks in the air conditioning is how people get through this heat wave.

Despite the heat, the annual summer celebration at Glen Foerd’s historic mansion went ahead – with a few changes.

“Originally we planned for everything to be outside, but given the weather we moved the activities inside,” said Ross Mitchell, Glen Foerd’s managing director.

It’s an event they love to host for the community. Luckily families were able to enjoy the celebration as some items were brought inside and treats were provided to cool off.

“We came in a little late, we thought we could beat the heat, but we definitely had to make it out of here,” said Louisa Gaiter-Johnson of Northeast Philadelphia.

Although it was hot, shady trees made for the perfect spot on the Delaware River to enjoy music from the band Snacktime, who showed some love for Action News and opened with the theme song.

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