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It's the Hottest Day of the Year ... So Far

Posted June 25, 1997

— It's HOT!Steamy, stifling, sweltering, scorching, and altogether unsavory.

How hot is it? Well, at 1 p.m., the official temperature was already higher than the 94 degrees predicted for Wednesday's high.

The best way to keep cool is to stay inside where it's air conditioned, but that's not always possible. WRAL-TV5's Betsy Sykes ventured out into the tropical weather to find out how some people are coping.

A heat advisory warned people to take measures guarding against the effects of a heat index of 105 to 110 degrees. But a group of street maintenance workers had no access to relief as they applied hot asphalt to a Raleigh road surface.

Crew member Gerald Staten said they might wish for better conditions, but the job had to get done.

At high noon, it was the kind of blast-furnace weather that makes you want to run for cover, but running was not an option for this crew, and air-conditioning was just a dream. The workers had to come up with some creative ways to beat the heat.

They take two breaks a day in this kind of weather in addition to a lunch break. That allows them to get out the blazing sun for a little while. Staten says they also put away gallons of liquids.

In addition, experts say you should avoid strenuous activity, wear light-colored clothes, drink plenty of liquids to replenish water lost to perspiration, and avoid direct sunlight whenever possible.

And remember -- it wasn't so many days ago you were complaining about how cold it was for June.

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