Heat Wave Bakes Southeast

Region reaches for the iced tea as temps shatter records
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2007 12:42 PM CDT
Jack Reece tries to stay cool in front of a large fan while resting at a friend's produce stand at the Farmer's Market in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. A heat wave that began in Tennessee...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A heat wave brought record high temperatures to much of the Southeast yesterday, with highs of over 100 degrees recorded in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Kentucky. Excessive heat warnings ruled the day, prompting the National Weather Service to urge people to stay inside in air-conditioning and drink plenty of fluids, reports CNN.

The warnings stretched from Norfolk, Va., to Columbus, Ga., which set a record with a 104-degree reading. In Marietta, Ga., a paving contractor working on a 119-degree bridge deck told the Journal-Constitution his outfit is "trying to run a night operation when we can." Meteorologists expect the heat to last through today before easing tomorrow.