ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The heat index got well into the triple digits again Thursday. This hotter than usual late spring weather is uncomfortable for all of us. But it's especially tough for people who work in heat all day long with few opportunities to find a place to cool off.
On a hot day like this, you make think an inside job would be a breeze, not the case at Lee Pride dry cleaners."It's the hottest," said Priscilla Bloodsworth.
All the equipment is steam operated, and there is no air conditioning. There's no point in trying to cool down this tin can. Bloodsworth said, "It gets over 100 degrees in here."
Shanta Carter says she's used to the heat, though it's not always easy. She said, "Just take me a lot of breaks. Go outside and catch a breath of fresh air and stand in front of the fan. Carter said, "Like I said, it's real hot in here."
So hot, that she didn't know if she would be able to handle it when she first started."Oh my God," she said. "I thought I was going to die."
The workers here at Lee Pride say equipment here makes it so hot and so unbearable inside, they actually have to walk outside to get a little relief. Kathie Church said, "The heat is just trapped in here."
For Church, the heat has given her a benefit. She said, "I've lost 25 pounds since I've been working in a dry cleaner without trying, so yeah, I think it's one of the hottest jobs."
But construction workers, or soil technician Marcus Causer may disagree. "Hot. Too hot."
He says there are ways to break from the heat, but there is no way to beat it. He said, "Water, lots of water. Bring a water cooler keep it full of water."
He says he knows his business is one of the hottest around. "This and asphalt paving." And we found some of that going on too. Folks pouring hot asphalt, on a hot road, under the hot sun, and summer hasn't even begun.
Many work crews will start the work day a little early, or come back in the evening after the sun has set to try and catch a break, but even then, it may not seem very cool. The lows each night haven't dipped below the mid-70s lately.
The folks we spoke to Thursday said they take extra breaks throughout the day and drink lots of water to avoid becoming dehydrated while on the job.
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