The Latest: Mayor warns about heat wave during DNC protests


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations around Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention (all times local):

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1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia’s mayor says he’s not sure if the heat wave baking Philadelphia will lead to smaller crowds at marches and rallies before the Democratic National Convention, but he’s urging people to limit time outdoors.

At a news conference Sunday, Mayor Jim Kenney said demonstrations will be on hold during any thunderstorms for the safety of protesters.

Two medic tents, two misting tents and water will be available 24 hours a day to protesters in FDR Park, near the convention site. He strongly discourages people from camping in parks, which is against a city edict.

Several marches and rallies were hitting the streets Sunday, including a march for clean energy and one supporting Bernie Sanders. Thousands are expected at each.

The four-day convention for Democrats to nominate Hillary Clinton for president begins Monday.

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9:45 a.m.

Police officers are posted at street corners in downtown Philadelphia as protesters prepare for a sweltering day of marches and rallies ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

Several Sunday demonstrations are planned, including an anti-fracking march from City Hall to Independence Mall, near the Liberty Bell. Bernie Sanders supporters expect about 3,000 protesters will join them in a march from City Hall to a park near the convention site.

Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s; crowds can take advantage of “misting tents” and free water, compliments of the city.

The first march Sunday had the perennial problem in Philadelphia: parking. DC to DNC organizer Ed Higgins says organizing the crowd also delayed the march.

The four-day convention for Democrats to nominate Hillary Clinton for president begins Monday.

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