Bronx residents bask in summer heat

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PELHAM BAY PARK -

Friday marked the beginning of several sweltering days in a row in the Bronx.

Bronx residents took advantage and got on their bikes or enjoyed a stroll at Pelham Bay Park.

Those at the park told News 12 they want to enjoy the weather before it gets even hotter over the weekend.

"Take whatever they give you because when winter comes, you can't go out in the snow, you can't go out in the cold," said Nelson Hernandez, of Pelham Bay. "At least you can do everything in this kind of weather."

Officials say it’s important to take safety precautions amid the hot temperatures.

The State's Office for the Aging is urging people to check on senior citizens during this heat wave. The agency says hot weather can be especially dangerous for older adults who live alone in low-income areas and have chronic health conditions.

Officials are also recommending residents to stay inside of air-conditioned buildings, avoiding strenuous activity, staying hydrated and eating meals that don't require a stove or oven to prepare. They also want to remind people that cooling centers are available.

Temperatures were close to 90 degrees Friday afternoon. But Friday avoided some of the humidity that will make things even more oppressive this weekend. Highs over the weekend could go up to 98 degrees.

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