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How hot will we get?

July 6, 2004

Albany-- With temperatures soaring above the 90 degree mark, there's not doubt summer is in full swing.

Construction workers will spend 8 to 10 hours outside in the heat, and they have a pretty good idea of how hot they think it is. "I think it's about 90 something. It feels like 112 to me," said William Pittman.

"With the heat index I'm not sure. I'd probably say about 95," said Alex Donalson.

Not bad guesses. The forecast called for a high of 96 degrees, but heat index has teetered between 105 and 110 degrees. "It's hot. You can pretty much tell I'm soaking wet right now," said Pittman.

In addition to tools and building materials, construction crews are sure to have their water coolers handy, and workers say they're making sure they drink up.

"We sell a lot of air conditioners, and we sell a lot of fans," said Tresser Johnson of Roses Discount Store. For the past few weeks, Roses customers have been coming in asking the same questions. "Where are your air conditioners located? Where are your fans located? Do you have any, what size? How many BTU's?"

"We sell at least 25 fans, and I'd say we sell on my shift, maybe about six of the air conditioners," Johnson said. With summer less than a month old, retailers say they'll do all they can to keep up with the demand.

But if you're looking for a way to beat the heat and have fun at the same time, and keep your water bill from soaring with the temperatures, the Riverfront Park is the place to be.

Emergency Management officials are watching temperatures as well, and when heat indices reach 105 degrees as they did today they will open five shelters around the city for people who aren't fortunate enough to have air conditioning.

The shelters are located at Bill Miller Community Center, 322 Vick Street; Henderson Community Center, 701 Willard Street; Thornton Community Center, 210 Thornton Drive; Turner Gym, Turner Field Road; and The Salvation Army, 304 Second Avenue.

posted at 6:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com