Intense Heat Is Tough On Outdoor Workers

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KTVI) - If you want to know what it feels like to be around 326 degree heat, just ask Gary Corcoran.  He works on a street crew for one area municipality.

"The product coming out of the paver is 326 degrees," Corcoran said.

He said when his day is done he looks forward to finding air conditioning.

The same goes for mechanics from Bob's Transmissions and Automotive in Maryland Heights.

"It wipes our guys out," said Kirk Miller, assistant manager.

He said his crew definitely slows down in the heat.

Their garage has one side that opens but the other side does not so it's more difficult for a breeze to pass through.

There are a number of fans and a large cooler of water but when the day is done there's not much energy to do anything else.

"You can`t even eat dinner you're so wiped out," said Miller.

Some restaurant operators say the heat has hurt business because some customers are too exhausted from the heat to do anything else.

Health officials continue to encourage everyone to seek air conditioning when possible and limit extreme physical activity to the early morning or evening hours.