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.