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Workers try to keep cool as heat index reaches triple digits

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

With heat indexes in the triple digits, the best way to beat the heat is to stay inside in the air conditioning. However, some have to be outside and work in the heat.

Look around town and you will find many people outside working. From digging up pipes to trimming trees, these guys are taking the heat seriously.

The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department was working out in the elements on Monday at Shawnee Park. Crews were mowing the grass, wetting down ball fields and painting lines.

Sports maintenance complex supervisor Mark Hurley said it's very hot outside. The number one thing on their mind is safety.

Hurley said they take frequent breaks and don't want their workers to work too hard.

"It's just another element we deal with. This past weekend we had rain and heat and out here working trying to get a tournament in. But it's hot out here. You hear it's not the heat, it's the humidity and being this close to the river, it gets hot out here quick," said Hurley.

The main thing Hurley said is they try to keep hydrated and keep cool as much as they can.

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, the temperature in Cape Girardeau was in the lower 90s but the heat index reached 106 degrees.

We are looking at more high temperatures throughout the week with heat indexes reaching triple digits, so if you have to be out in the heat, be smart and keep cool and hydrated as much as you can.

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