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New Yorkers Continue To Battle Hot Temperatures

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Temperatures remained in the 90s Wednesday, and a heat advisory remains in effect through 8 p.m. Friday. NY1's Michael Herzenberg spoke to New Yorkers about how they are coping.

Subway cars brought a much-needed breeze in sweltering stations Wednesday night.

Commuters tried to find relief, but little could be done, especially two floors down at West 4th Street's F train, where the temperature nearly hit the triple digits during the evening commute.

"Try not to think about it, know that everybody else is going through it," said one commuter.

Medical professionals with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York make thousands of home visits during heat waves.

"If you feel dizzy, if you feel light-headed, if you feel short of breath, if you have any shallow breathing, in that case, you want to make sure you get inside where it's cool, put your legs up, put some cool, moist cloth on you, make sure you're drinking plenty of water with electrolytes," Amealya Blake, a registered nurse, told her patient, Julia Weiss. "If the symptoms don't go away in a few minutes, you want to call 911," said .

It's about checking on their patient's health and reminding them to remain hydrated and to stay out of the heat.

"I definitely wouldn't go out when it's this hot," Weiss said.

A group of guys waited until nightfall to lift lights, live music and an 80-foot, 3.5-ton sculpture, as 130 of them paraded and danced around the giglio, or lily.

"It's very hot tonight, but next year, they're talking about maybe making air conditioned," said one participant. "But then Con Ed's stepping in. They want to draw back the power. So we have to live with it."

The giglio represents the flowers thrown at St. Paulinus after he was freed from pirates more than a millennium and a half ago.

"When he came back, they were throwing lilies at his feet on his way to the church," said Frankie Sampogna, capo of Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. "He passed all the different artisans, the bakers, the plumbers and so on."

The feast always falls during heat of the summer, and no one here seems to mind

"The best part of the feast? It's community, it's religion and it's tradition," said Vinnie Patuto, a festival vendor.

The Giglio feast continues through Sunday. There may be a bit of relief from the heat this weekend, so that may be the best time to go. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP