Workers cope with the heat

June 9, 2008 5:44:59 PM PDT
If you're inside in the air conditioning, feel lucky that you're not working outside today. Normally, being a Center City bicycle messenger allows Eric Puro to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. Today, the perks seem to have melted away. "It's like standing under a blow dryer all day long. I try and pace yourself as much as you can. In this position you have to go pretty quick. Try and get in the shade when you're not too busy."

The same goes for the vendors and construction workers who say staying hydrated is a challenge, but the only way to make it through the day.

Nadir Shah was manning his food stand in Center City, in front of a hot grill. "It's too hot, but what are you going to do, ya know? Someone has to do it. So we drink lots of water."

Construction worker Jim Clark was working on a roof today.

"It's been excruciating up on the roof. Sun is beating right down on you. It's hot!"

And, if you think temperatures closing in on 100 are excruciating to deal with, talk to Matthew Zagorski, who's an executive chef at Rouge. He says on days like this, temperatures can reach 120, or even 130 degrees in the kitchen. "You'll leave and go out into the 90 degree weather and get goosebumps. But you know what they say, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."