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Delmarva Coping With Heat Wave

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DELAWARE - Temperatures were climbing and air quality was deteriorating across Delmarva Wednesday. A "Code Orange" is in effect for Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore until Friday. This means the excessive heat is making it very difficult to be outside.

WBOC met with people throughout the Eastern Shore and spoke with them about how they are coping with the heat.

In Salisbury, children were running through spraying water to try and cool off. Lucy Messick from Delmar was at the park with her two daughters and one son.  

"I just make sure they keep drinking," she said. "And there might be ice cream later."

Meanwhile, the Tawes Crab and Clam Bake was kicking off in Crisfield. And in this heat, people were feeling the 90 degree weather. Thousands of people were in attendance at the historic event though, battling the high temperature.

"We have 4,000 people expected here today," said a coordinator at the event. "And that's even with 95 degree heat."

Meanwhile, Wednesdays are always the day of major farmers markets in towns like Bridgeville, Georgetown, Dover, and Millsboro. At the Dover farmers market, Rebecca Marasco was busy selling ice cream at her shop, Tre Sorelle Dolce.  

"We've had pretty good - pretty good business today," she said. "People who have been pretty much - ice cream. It's hot."

It was a slightly different story at the Millsboro Farmers Market. The hot weather usually leads to more customers, according to some vendors there. But they said that the excess heat also made more vendors stay home. Usually, there are five to six vendors at the events, but on Wednesday, there were just two present.

"This is the time you go on out," said Barbara Hines, a vendor who was selling baked goods at the event. "You go where people are and you just deal with the heat. Rain is worse, so I'll just deal with the heat."

The Mid-Shore wasn't safe from the heat either. Artist Charles Dickinson was hard at work on Wednesday, painting homes in Easton. He said he was taking special precautions to avoid the sun's powerful rays.

"I have an umbrella when I need it for shade," he said. "And that's helpful. Stay hydrated with lots of liquids."

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