Hot weather doesn't slow daily walker

As 90-degree temperatures blanketed Connecticut, 80-year-old Hugh Lenahan was pounding the pavement near the beach. He says he walks approximately 2 miles, once in the

As 90-degree temperatures blanketed Connecticut, 80-year-old Hugh Lenahan was pounding the pavement near the beach. He says he walks approximately 2 miles, once in the morning and once in the evening.

As 90-degree temperatures blanketed Connecticut, 80-year-old Hugh Lenahan was pounding the pavement near the beach. He says he walks approximately 2 miles, once in the morning and once in the evening. (7/29/15)

STRATFORD - Hot, humid weather didn't stop people from enjoying Short Beach Wednesday, especially a senior citizen who walks near the beach each day.

As 90-degree temperatures blanketed Connecticut, 80-year-old Hugh Lenahan was pounding the pavement near the beach. He says he walks approximately 2 miles, once in the morning and once in the evening. During winter, a bundled-up Lenahan still goes on his walks.

"It doesn't bother me," he says. "Cold or rain or snow."

He logs his walks, and nearly every day of each month is marked. He says he started walking to control his diabetes and weight. "You gotta start somewhere," he says. "I started four years ago. And here I am, standing a little lighter."

While his dedication is admirable, health professionals say the sweltering heat presents a real threat. People are urged to look out for symptoms of heat-related illness. Those symptoms can include heavy sweating, weakness, nausea, vomiting and even cold, pale, clammy skin.

But for Lenahan, it is just another beautiful day for a walk. "Today there's a little breeze," he says. "This is nice."

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Weather Center

Stamford Cooling Centers

Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Stamford Fire Department Headquarters, 629 Main St., 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Long Ridge Fire Company 366 Old Long Ridge Road 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bridgeport Cooling Stations

A cooling station will open at the Greater Bridgeport Transit station at 710 Water Street from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for kids and families. 
 
Bridgeport Public Library main branch located at 925 Broad Street will also be open as a cooling station from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Black Rock Branch, 2705 Fairfield Ave., Newfield Branch, 1230 Stratford Ave., North Branch, 3455 Madison Ave., and 
Old Mill Green Branch, 1677-81 East Main St. also will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
 
The East Side Senior Center, 1057 East Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Eisenhower Senior Center, 307 Golden Hill St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The North End/Bethany Senior Center, 20 Thorme St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Black Rock Senior Center, 2676 Fairfield Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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