Minneapolis Street Workers Face Extreme Heat

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Those who work outside are feeling the heat — especially those who work road construction.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Twin Cities Monday. The warning took effect at 3 p.m. and continues until 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

In response, Minneapolis street workers are taking precautions, like taking more breaks and drinking plenty of water.

Merry Schweitzer is pouring hot asphalt on the road.

“It’s hot because we have to wear the paint suits for protection, so that adds extra heat to us,” said Schweitzer.

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Daytime temperatures in the 90s and overnight temperatures in the 70s will combine with high humidity to make conditions ripe for heat illnesses.

Dale Hanstad, the foreman of the group, said he will be watching for signs of heat exhaustion and let those people take time out.

“It’s challenging,” he said.

The downtown areas will be especially uncomfortable. People are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air conditioning if possible, and check up on friends and relatives.

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