Extreme heat is unexpected for those working outdoors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Mid-South is under a heat advisory, and the oppressive heat doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon.

WREG spoke with those working outdoors in the extreme heat. They said they’re doing a lot to keep their cool.

“Yeah it is hot. It’s real hot,” said Dantonio Blackshire.

Some people don’t want to be outside when temps are in the high 90s, but not everyone can avoid it.

Whether you’re a construction worker or own a lawn care business, staying hydrated is important, especially to Blackshire.

“I just drink Gatorade all day and eat ice, put it like that. Ice water,” he said.

Alexandria Turnbow rides her bike every day to and from her summer job at the University of Memphis.

“I just bike back to my apartment. It’s better than walking in the heat,” she said.

It’s recommended that people outside wear light and loose clothes in dangerously high temps.

“It was a very mild summer so all of this heat at the very end is very unexpected, right in time for school to start back,” Turbow said.

When it gets too hot, some look for ways to cool off.

“When we sweat a lot, we’ll just jump in the truck and turn the air on,” Blackshire said.

“Try to stay nourished, keep a lot of fans on when I’m at home, biking helps. A little breeze,” Turnbow said.

It’s recommended that you stay indoors as much as possible. If you have to go for a run, go in the evening instead of in the daytime.

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