Scorcher: Some Like It Hot, Others Not So Much 7-06-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Scorcher: Some Like It Hot, Others Not So Much 7-06-2010

People who work outdoors tried to get their labor in a little earlier than normal Tuesday due to the sweltering temps.
WNEM TV5's Craig McMorris came across some of those workers, and also talked with someone who is actually happy about the rising mercury.
A two-man crew for Saginaw-based Craig’s Lawn Service was busy at 9 a.m. The workers had hoped to get done earlier than normal Tuesday to beat the heat, but they knew they probably wouldn't finish until sometime mid-afternoon.
"We usually get to the shop around eight o'clock,” said Ben Carter with the lawn service. “We were trying to get out of there by ten after to get out as early as we could, but we have five or six more lawns to go, so we'll probably get off around one or two o'clock, through all the heat still."
One can never underestimate the importance of a breeze when you're working in such hot, scorching weather.
"Obviously [wind is] extremely important,” said Tony Mataya, with the lawn service. “Without that it makes it a lot more difficult, we've [also] got to drink lots of water."
While it's brutal being a lawn maintenance guy during 90-degree plus temperatures, there are other occupations where it doesn't matter how hot it is. For example, working for a dairy distributor has its perks.
McMorris reported that going inside the huge freezer at the Bouza Dairy Distributor in Bay City was a great way to beat the heat. The owner said it's a win-win situation when you work in a freezer for a living.
"It's not so bad on days like today,” said Greg Bouza. “You don't mind coming in here for three or four hours at a time. But when it gets cold, you really don't notice the difference."
The hot weather means more business for Bouza. "The ice cream is coming and going really fast right now, what with the holiday and the hot weather," said Bouza.
After work, the lawn care guys try to get some relief. "[I] go home, take a cold shower and enjoy the air conditioning," said Carter.
The lawn maintenance guys said they hope this heat wave isn't the beginning of a long, hot summer in Mid-Michigan.
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