It was hot last week, this past weekend was broiling, and more extremely hot weather is forecast for the rest of the week. Temperatures are expected to once again climb into the 90s, with relatively high levels of humidity.

Some New Jerseyans can’t stand these conditions, but many shoppers in Mercer County said they would rather be hot than cold.

“The summer only lasts three, three and a half months long, and I enjoy the hot weather versus being cold," said George Carver from Ewing Township. “I’d much rather have the heat than the cold. I’m getting older — my blood is getting thinner. I’d rather be sweating than shivering.”

Another shopper passing by said he was brought up in Texas, so “heat doesn’t bother me. Get in the pool in the afternoon, cool off a little bit. It’s no problem whatsoever.”

Betty Brown from Trenton's got the strategy down.

"I love summer. Just wear less cloths and keep it moving," she said. "It’s really very simple. It doesn’t matter how hot it is, you can still get out of the house and go places. With the winter weather you just can’t go anywhere, you’re stuck in the house.”

Mary Deflon of Princeton said she loves summer and the heat: "I’d much rather be hot than cold. As long as it’s not cold I’m happy.”

But Amy Heklin from Bordentown disagrees.

“I hate the summer and I cannot wait for it to be over," she said. "I’ve always done better with the cold than the heat. You can always put on a jacket. You can always put on clothes. When it’s this hot there’s nothing you can do.”

Some New Jerseyans however, don’t really have a preference when it comes to very hot or very cold conditions – they dislike both.

“As you get older you can’t take the heat, and you can’t really take to cold either,” said Joe Billow of Trenton. “I guess I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.”

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