Juan Collazos, 44, of Southampton, had the day off from his job painting houses so he relaxed by painting his family's cars. By the afternoon, he was on the third car, his son's Jeep Grand Cherokee, doing detail work.

After what seemed like a long and bitter winter, Collazos said he relished Monday's heat. But he made sure to avoid dehydration by drinking constantly. Taking a rest? That was out of the question. "The only time I sit is when I'm getting ready to go to sleep."

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