The Heat is On

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

July 10, 2007

The scorching heat wave is giving downtown businesses the chill.

"Oh it was steaming out, it was definitely steaming. We didn't have any customers for quite a while, so I think a lot of people are staying inside today trying to stay cool," Adam Keith, waiter at The Nook said.

The usual bustling downtown mall resembles more of a ghost town as temperatures hover near 90 Monday night even as the sun dips.

Opting to brave the heat, a select few sucked down water while those on the clock worked to deliver it.

"When it's busy, you just have to drink plenty of water and you know be friendly with the customers cause it's pretty warm outside for them too, I guess," Keith said.

Taking advantage of the weather woes, businesses got creative, even enticing the customers with ways to cool off.

But lack of pedestrian traffic isn't all bad, that is if keeping peace is your job. For officer Reynolds, less people to monitor means less time broiling on his bike.

"You know get a smoothie here and there and plenty of water go in and check out the air conditioned buildings," Officer Reynolds with the Charlottesville Police Department said.

And it's going to take a lot of that air conditioning to cool down officer Reynolds and his 30 pounds of gear.

"We've got to wear the bullet-proof vest all the time and wear the gun belt and everything else and biking around doesn't make it any easier," Officer Reynolds said.

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