New London - As parts of Connecticut swelter in the 90s, it's just 82 degrees in the early afternoon in New London. But as heat advisories plague less lucky parts of the country, for some, 82 degrees is just too hot.
"We said we would go out and take a chance," said Terry D'Errico of Griswold, a nurse practitioner at Coastal Digestive Care Center on Bank Street, on her daily lunch stroll with co-worker Brenda Nardone of Stonington. "I'm not sure how much longer we're going to last."
The two women donned sneakers with their dresses. They noted the lack of fellow strollers usually on City Pier at lunchtime.
According to the National Weather Service, the thermometer will peak at 87 in New London today — the hottest temperature forecast for a week that will linger in the mid-eighties and dip down to near 60 at night.
New London resident Richard Brooks, biking down the pier in a neon-green polo, yellow socks, orange cap and salmon shorts, praised what he called beautiful weather.
"It's not hot," he said, as a miniature American flag on the back of his bike fluttered in the sea breeze. "This is nothing."
Brooks, a retired firefigher who does maintenance work for Wells Fargo, explained he'd just returned from steamy Pompano Beach, Fla.
"It's hot," said Steve Barry of Montville, "for Connecticut."
Barry had just gotten off the bus on his way to Niantic, but stopped to bike around New London. He's from the Baltimore area, where scorching summers reign.
"It's humid," he said of the New London area. "But I still ride 25 miles a day."
Alan Diver, a New London painter and carpenter, braved the pier for a bit, chatting with Brooks and disagreeing.
"It's hot," he said — but he's OK with that. "I hate the winter, so I'm not complaining about this."