Many Outdoor Events Cancelled Due To Heat

July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 7:01 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Another hot, humid day for Western New York with temperatures around 90 degrees for many spots on Wednesday. Those outside are just trying to stay cool. Hundreds of kids were out in the heat for the 53rd Annual Special Kids Picnic at the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island, hosted by the Grand Island Lions Club. Organizers there were working extra hard to make sure everyone was hydrated and taking breaks in the shade. "Lots of hydration and we've tried to get more tents this year," Annette Boies-Lobl, the event organizer and a Grand Island Lions Club member, said.

Several kids couldn't make the picnic because of the heat. "Back out because their children are so medically fragile to heat they couldn't take the heat," Boies-Lobl said.

And the heat should continue, even intensifying during the next couple days with record breaking heat possible. Officials are warning people to keep cool. "In this part of the country we are certainly not use to that kind of heat as they are in other parts of the country, but for individuals who don't have the benefits of air conditioning or temporarily power loss, or if don't have a pool or lakefront, soak in the bathtub in cooler water to cool your body off," Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard said.

"Probably the best way is to get inside air conditioning, but the problem is that a lot of people don't have it...we often tell people to go to the mall because the malls are air conditioned," Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Anthony Billittier said. "When you're at home, one of the things people can do is sit in front of a fan and {spray} water on themselves and it's the water that evaporates off with the fan that cools them down."

If you're outside trying to cool off make sure to stay away from dangerous ponds and other areas where swimming is not allowed. "If it's not a designated intended swimming area then you'd do well to stay away from it or make sure you have proper adult supervision," Sheriff Howard said.

And officials remind, do not leave pets or children in a car even for a second. "We've had too many of both of those tragedies where people are thinking it's only for a couple seconds, couple minutes," Sheriff Howard said. "Things happen that change minutes into hours and it doesn't take too many minutes in that kind of heat to turn it into a real tragedy."

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