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New Yorkers Beat the Heat as Temperatures Rise

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As temperatures reached into the 90's Wednesday, air conditioners were cranking across the city while others headed out to Rockaway Beach for some fun in the sun. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

Queens resident Chris Rosario plunged into the waves on Rockaway Beach Wednesday looking for a little relief from rising mercury.

"Keep diving in the water like a dolphin. All good," he said.

Rosario was one of the folks looking to beat the heat by heading to the beach. It was a little more of a challenge to find a place to jump in since a beach restoration project by the Army Corps of Engineers has forced the city Parks Department to keep a chunk of the beach closed to swimmers.

"It is frustrating but as long as you can splash yourself I guess that's pretty cool. The have a shower there so you can go in there and then come back," said one beach goer.

So while some were satisfied with that and some ocean breezes, others went in search of a filled lifeguard chair so they could cool off.

"It's cold, but if you jump in it's good," said one swimmer.

"The water when you first get in is like freezing but then you get used to it. So it's pretty nice, it feels good," added another swimmer.

Not everyone is so eager to stay cool, like a group of guys playing paddleball near the boardwalk who barely ever miss their twice a week games.

"We've swept away snow, we've dried up rain whatever to come and play. The only thing that hurts us is the sand. I've got to take off some more clothes but that's about it. After that I'm all right," said one of the players.

Most people who spoke with NY1 were just taking things easy.

"We're just going to enjoy it maybe go for ices after," said one beach goer. "That's about it, just relax."

"I drive a bus, so it's pretty hot on the bus. So all five days I think of this. And when I'm off I come here," said another beach goer.

Forecasters say it will be cooler over the weekend, giving the city a break from the heat. But this won't be the last we see of 90 degree temperatures. After all, summer hasn't even officially begun yet.

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