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Scarsdale Camps Will Head Indoors To Beat The Heat

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – With temperatures expected to hover in the mid-90s during the beginning part of this week, children attending day camps in Scarsdale will likely find themselves indoors as they try to keep cool.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature peaked at 92 degrees  Monday in Scarsdale. Tuesday is supposed to be even more sweltering, as residents can expect a high of 94 degrees, with a light breeze in the morning.

During the extreme heat, Scarsdale day camps will remain open, but will likely be shifted indoors for the safety of the children and the camp counselors. Vicky Laoutaris, Scarsdale’s recreation supervisor, said camp directors were planning indoor activities for Tuesday.

“We don’t cancel, but we’ll take them inside and do low-strenuous activities,” she said. “We have very limited outdoor access. If we’re outside, it will be early or late in the day.”

Laoutaris said each site is different, and some will have greater access to the outdoors. Some schools have more shade on the grounds, while others are air-conditioned. Camp directors will use their discretion to determine whether children will be allowed outside. “Olympic Day” was scheduled at one of the camps, but was moved to Friday, which is expected to be cooler.

“Some locations have a nice area of shade,” Laoutaris said, “and others are completely beaten with the heat from the sun.”

An air quality alert has been issued in Scarsdale from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday because of elevated pollution levels. There is also a hazardous weather outlook in southern Westchester, as showers and thunderstorms are expected to pepper the area until Sunday. Powerful winds and frequent lightning strikes are expected, and flash flooding is possible.

According to a press release from Westchester County, a heat advisory has been issued in Westchester. Residents are advised to stay hydrated and seek air conditioning to avoid the dangers of heat stroke.

“Heat stroke and dehydration can take you by surprise,” said Sherlita Amler, the Westchester County commissioner of health. “The elderly, young children and those with high blood pressure, heart disease or lung conditions need to be especially careful to avoid heat-related illness.”

Laoutaris said that if all else fails, the camps have a foolproof and classic way to beat the heat: sprinklers.

“We have pool time, and everybody loves running through the sprinklers,” she said. “If it’s really hot we sometimes don’t even have them change out of their wet clothes, they dry so quickly. I’ve never experienced (an extended heat wave), and I hope I never have to.”

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