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August 8, 2013

The heat is on

Respect for high temperatures the key as August sun continues its Texas beat down

By BRIAN SMITH

Texans don’t mind a little heat, but even the recent rash of hot days has had most people scrambling for the air conditioning.

Some of the hottest weather of the year has been forecast over the last day or two and is expected to continue through the week before some cooler – or less hot – temperatures arrive for the weekend.

Wednesday’s local high hit 106 degrees Fahrenheit, which was the day’s forecast high. Today’s projected high is 104 degrees, with a heat index (affects of humidity added in) of two-to-three additional degrees.

There are those that can’t get cooler as easily, including those who work outside for their daily wage.

Many are working on the South Main Street construction project, including Luis Serna, who was pouring concrete Tuesday morning.

“It’s some brutal stuff right now,” Serna said. “That’s why we’re trying to do this in the early part of the day before it really gets bad.”

Serna said crews have been outside pouring concrete near WalMart in the predawn hours to ensure the concrete sets properly. If it gets too hot, it doesn’t “cure right” and can cause issues down the road.

Serna, who has been in the concrete business for more than 30 years, says the best way to keep cool and handle the heat is to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.

“There’s the old joke about one guy working and four standing around. We’re not just standing around. We’re taking a break so we don’t overdo it,” Serna said. “We then rotate around.”

Others working out in the heat include landscaping employees. Rory Townsend with Townsend’s Tree and Lawn Care from Perrin, says he prefers frozen towels that soak in hydrogen peroxide spirits, that

can be purchased from pharmacies, as a way to stay cool.

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