Hot, Hotter and Hottest
Not everyone was so lucky. A Missouri Department of Transportation crew started resurfacing an Ashland road at 6:30 a.m. to try to finish before the hottest part of the day. But, it already was in the upper-90s just before noon.
But, hard work and high temps won't stop this crew, despite the 365-degree asphalt that comes out of their truck.
"We just try not to work them extremely hard, as you can tell, that don't take too much on the back of that thing," said Randy Gilmore, MoDOT field supervisor. "Drink lots of fluids, take several different breaks, get in out of the sun as much as you can."
At Columbia's Superior Garden Center, the temperature in the greenhouse hit 110 degrees, so workers watered plants 2-3 times during the day to ward off wilting.
For Cristian and his family, however, the weather is perfect.
"It's extremely hot, hot like a tamale!"
Forecasters predict Friday's high at a mere 90 degrees. As the heat wave drags on, remember that you can join the KOMU Fan Club and donate a fan to a family that needs one.