NEW YORK: With a record-breaking heat wave intensifying over much of the US Midwest and East Coast through the weekend, it was a bad time for Annie McQueen’s air conditioner to break down in her New York City apartment.Cities across the affected regions have opened public cooling centres, and after a sticky night in which the combined forces of a ceiling fan and a floor fan in her bedroom offered little relief, McQueen, 76, headed to one of them on Sunday at a senior centre in downtown Brooklyn.She sat smiling near the door of the Raices Times Plaza Neighborhood Senior Center, beyond which the air was predicted to cook up to a high of 98 degrees Fahrenheit (36.7°C), though it would feel more like 110 degrees F (43.3°C) with the humidity, according to the National Weather Service.Inside, old Christmas decorations fluttered in the breeze near the cooling system’s ceiling vents. “It feels just right,” McQueen said. Lunch was three different varieties of salads.”I have multiple sclerosis, so the heat’s no good for me,” said Pascual Valle, a 63-year-old retired doorman who had just lost another game of dominoes. “It makes me weak. It just sucks everything out of my body.”He had… Read full this story
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