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Working in the Heat

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

July 17, 2006

The heat kept a lot of people indoors on Monday, but some workers didn't have much of a choice. They spent most of the day battling the high temperatures.

Temperatures across town hovered around 97 degrees Monday. When you combine that with the humidity and being outside, it starts to feel more like, "working in a sauna, it's definitely hot," said landscaper Wayne Bowman.

"A sauna! Very very hot," added Downtown shopper Pat Cheeks.

John Patterson hit the construction site off Rio Road around 6 a.m., a few hours earlier than usual. There was only a simple fan and some extra water to help with the heat. He planned for the whole crew to be home before the mid-afternoon peak time.

"With the heat like this they're getting off at 2 p.m. instead of 3 p.m., so it helps out quite a bit," said Patterson.

Many workers simply couldn't get over how hot it felt. "It's definitely hotter inside [the construction site]," said construction worker Daniel Hein. "It's usually cooler in here."

"I mean, this is a little extreme," added Patterson.

Wayne Bowman got a head start too. He said Monday felt like the hottest day so far this summer. He paced himself throughout the day, so as not to get overheated.

"This kind of work, there's not really much more you can do to try to stay cool, because if you ride around in the air conditioner it just hurts you when you get back out to the next yard," said Bowman.

The boiling temperatures left few vendors on the Downtown Mall. Fortunately for Pat Cheeks however, a snow cone stand was open for business.

"My hand is much cooler now, and soon my stomach will be much cooler, and it will be happy," said Cheeks.

Forecasters predict temperatures on Tuesday to reach up to 98 degrees.


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