Updated 06/20/2012 06:15 PM
North Country residents brave the heat in Lake George
As temperatures reached the nineties, many North Country residents flocked to the region's most popular body of water, Lake George. YNN's Matt Hunter has the story.
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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. – "Working at the hospital, it was nice and cool, but the second I got out, it was horrible," South Glens Falls resident Justin Harney said.
Any way you cut it, the heat was on in the North Country Wednesday. By late morning, temperatures had soared into the nineties.
"I do foam installation, so I'm used to it,” Lake George resident Dylan Hardy said. “But this is pretty harsh."
The scorching temperatures arrived just in time for the first day of summer. In Lake George, many tried to cool off the best way they know how: In the lake.
"There's air conditioning inside, but they like to be out in the nice weather and we're looking forward to going swimming today," said Harney, who took his children to the beach with his wife.
Across the way, would be swimmers were out of luck at Shepherds Park. An invasive species removal project will keep the beach closed until Friday.
"I was hoping to get a little water on me, but we'll come back again,” said Paul Viscusi, who drove up to Lake George from Saratoga with his wife, Judy. “I mean, you just roll with the punches."
Still, the Viscusis and several others found a nice, cool spot in the shade.
Not far up the street, many flocked to the typically crowded Martha's Dandee Crème for a refreshing cold treat.
“Yes, definitely it helps,” said Lore Dexter, who’s visiting Lake George from Wisconsin. “These kids are not stopping eating, they're still going at it."
"Milkshakes, we sell a lot of milkshakes,” Martha’s owner Dennis Lafontaine said. “A lot of people aren't grabbing cones because the cones are melting a little faster than they can eat them, so we sell a lot of milkshakes on days like today."
The National Weather Service expects the hot and humid conditions to continue through Thursday. As uncomfortable as they might be for some, they're not anything most North Country residents aren't used to coping with.
"I don't mind the heat so much,” Judy Viscusi said. “Sometimes if it's very humid, I prefer to be indoors, but if you have a breeze, it's beautiful out."