As millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Ice chips fly as Nate Lord chops out a block at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SQUAM LAKE, N.H. (AP) — As New England continued to bake in a heat wave Thursday, guests at one campground were keeping their food and beer cold with blocks of ice, harvested months earlier from a frozen lake.

And while some relief is expected after Thursday's peak heat in the eastern Great Lakes and New England, the National Weather Service said scorching temperatures will linger across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic region, and even grow in places, to as much as triple-digit highs in California and Arizona.

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Heat Wave Weather

On Squam Lake in central New Hampshire, ice blocks about the size of microwave that had been packed in sawdust since winter were lifted from an insulated storage hut. It's been a tradition at the rustic Rockywold Deephaven Camps for more than a century, keeping fresh ice available throughout the summer and into the fall.

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

On the hottest day of the young summer season, Nate Lord uses an ice pick to break a block of ice before delivering it to a guest cabin at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is used for refrigeration at each cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Angela Wilcox, who has vacationed at the camp for 16 years, took her children and nephews boating Thursday in search of the lake's coldest swimming spot.

“This is the hottest it’s ever been, especially in June,” Wilcox said. “We’re kind of shocked.”

Heat index readings combining temperature and humidity were expected to surpass 100 degrees (37.7 C) in many locations across the country, possibly setting some all-time records, the weather service said, and because record overnight temperatures could prevent natural cooling, heat danger could build up indoors.

“Those without access to reliable air conditioning are urged to find a way to cool down,” the service said in its forecast.

In a study published Thursday, a group of scientists said human-caused climate change has drastically increased the odds of experiencing the killer heat baking the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America this month. Last year, the U.S. saw the greatest number of heat waves — abnormally hot weather lasting more than two days — since 1936.

Ocean waters are warmer as well, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, where the season’s first named storm, Alberto, was dumping heavy rain and flash flooding along a stretch of the coast from Mexico to Louisiana. Hurricane season this year is forecast to be among the most active in recent memory.

It’s made for an unusually early start to summer extremes in the northeastern U.S.

It was already nearing 90 degrees (32.2 C) in New Hampshire as John Dupont opened his kettle corn stand at Concord's 50th annual Market Days Festival. He and his daughter set up two fans and were prepared to drape icy towels around their necks.

“This year is a little challenging because of all the heat. Our kettle gets up to 150,000 BTUs,” he said.

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Silas Pociask, 9, of Deerfield, N.H., enjoys a "kiddie"-sized ice cream cone at Johnson's Dairy Bar in Northwood, N.H., on Thursday, June 20, 2024. (AP photo/Holly Ramer)

At Johnson's Dairy Bar in Northwood, Camryn Hildredth tried offer customers an empty dish for that heartbreaking moment when a scoop of rapidly melting ice cream topples out of the cone, but not all would listen.

“Everybody asks if we have AC. We do not,” she said. “It’s very hot and we get long lines, so it can get very rough sometimes.”

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Visitors take part in the annual Market Days street fair in Concord, N.H., on Thursday morning, June 20, 2024, with temperatures in the 90s. A heat wave extending from the Midwest to New England moved closer to a breaking point Thursday, with millions of people sweating it out for another day. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack)

In Burlington, Vermont, Jack Hurlbut said he's never been so hot in his life. “I live in Vermont for a reason, you know what I mean?” the 28-year-old said.

Hurlbut, who is experiencing homelessness, joined others in a shady spot on a lawn outside the public library, which was serving as a cooling center.

New York parks had free admission Thursday, and select state-run pools and beaches opened early for swimming, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. New York City's beaches were available and while its public swimming pools don't open until next week, the city keeps a list of hundreds of free air-conditioned sites.

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

John DuPont prepares kettle corn at a street fair in Concord, N.H., on Thursday morning, June 20, 2024, where the temperature was near 90 degrees. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack)

“The humidity is pretty insane,” said Anne-Laure Bonhomme, a health coach who was sightseeing in New York with her family.

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Melana Price, of Southfield, Mich., dives into Squam Lake at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from the lake in winter is used to refrigerate guest's ice boxes throughout the summer season. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Many school districts in New Jersey switched to early dismissals as the school year winds down, and at least two rescheduled their high school graduation ceremonies due to concerns about excessive heat and humidity.

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

A worker wipes his face while working in temperatures above 90F (32C) at a gas line work site, Thursday, June 20, 2024, on a street in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

With much of Indiana broiling in the 90s, highway crews are starting shifts at 6 a.m., two hours earlier than in cooler seasons, and taking more frequent breaks in air-conditioned trucks in between filling potholes and other roadwork, said Kyleigh Cramer, a spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Jack Hurlbut, who is experiencing homelessness, stands outside a cooling center at a public library in Burlington, Vt., on Thursday, June 20, 2024. He said he's never been so hot in his life and slept outside near the library the night before. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

“They’re able to get in those trucks and cool off right then and there because being out on the road is a little bit different than being in an office,” Cramer said.

Some relief is coming: A cold front is moving into areas near Lake Michigan on Thursday and Friday, the weather service said. Chicago broke a 1957 record Monday with a high of 97 degrees (36.1 C).

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Ramer reported from Northwood, N.H. Associated Press writers from across the country contributed, including Lisa Rathke, Kathy McCormack, Rick Callahan and Bruce Shipkowski. Follow AP’s coverage of weather at https://apnews.com/hub/weather

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

John DuPont prepares kettle corn at his booth at a Concord, N.H., street fair on Thursday morning, June 20, 2024, where the temperature was already near 90 degrees. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

A worker uses a towel for protection from the sun while working in temperatures above 90F (32C) at a building construction site, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

A worker uses a towel for protection from the sun while working in temperatures above 90 degrees at a building construction site, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Workers wear protective face masks, center and right, while working in temperatures above 90 degrees at a gas line work site, Thursday, June 20, 2024, on a street, in Boston. The masks offer protection from large particles of earth and debris as a blow pipe is used to uncover utility pipes. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

A worker adjusts his helmet while working in temperatures above 90 degrees at a gas line work site, Thursday, June 20, 2024, on a street, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

A bank clock overlooking the Market Days street fair in Concord, N.H., shows the temperature Thursday morning, June 20, 2024. A heat wave moved closer to a breaking point Thursday, with millions of people sweating it out for another day. (AP Photo/Kathy McCormack)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

A worker, right, takes a drink of water while working in temperatures above 90F (32C) at a gas line work site, Thursday, June 20, 2024, on a street in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Blocks of winter ice keep beverages cold in an old ice box at rustic Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Javier Rodriguez rushes to deliver ice to guest cabins on the hottest day of the season at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice is harvested from the nearby lake during the winter and is used to refrigerate guest's ice boxes all summer at the rustic camp. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

A block of ice is hauled up a the loading ramp at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Sawdust used to insulated the ice will be washed off before it is delivered to guest cabins. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Nate Lord hauls out a block of ice at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Nate Lord chops out a block of ice at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Holderness, N.H. Ice harvested from Squam Lake during the winter is insulated with sawdust in an ice house. It is used for refrigeration in ice boxes at each guest cabin throughout the summer. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

as millions sweat out the heat wave, blocks of lake ice keep these campers cool

Heat Wave Weather

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