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Construction workers beat the heat on the hottest day of summer so far

Posted: 3:21 PM, Jul 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-23 16:21:56-04

CORPUS CHRISTI – We’re in the middle of a Texas summer, which means high temperatures, humidity, and a lot of sweating.  But even on days like today with a heat index of 110 to 115 degrees, Shoreline Boulevard is full of tourists. "It’s different kind of heat from Las Cruces, New Mexico,” says tourist Yvonne Molina“I can’t escape beautiful weather like this,” says Erika Keck.  You will also find locals jogging or walking. "You just have to get the exercise when you can,” says Tom Kucera. While some people are out enjoying the sun, across town you will find construction workers like Danny Hirning, enduring the heat. “We work 10 hours a day,” says Danny Hirning. “It might be 94, but including the heat index, that jumps it up to 102-104.” He says the key is staying hydrated. “We make sure we have cold water and we drink a lot of it,” says Hirning. As well as taking breaks if they start to feel lightheaded or their temperature changes. “If you stop sweating, that’s when your body is overheating and you can die from this heat,” says Hirning. Workers also stay in groups. “We always have somebody with us, we watch out for one another and also watch out for the other crews too,” says Hirning. Because at high temperatures, being safe, is their number one priority. Due to recent heat advisories, Nueces County has established the following "cooling centers:"  The following locations have hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m:Banquete Community Center                                     Hilltop Community Center     4359 4th Street, Hwy 44                                              11425 Leopard StreetBanquete, Texas 78339                                               Corpus Christi, Texas 78410David Berlanga Community Center                           Driscoll Community Center1513 2nd St.                                                                 200 East 6th StreetAgua Dulce, TX 78330                                               Driscoll, Texas 78351Bishop Community Center                                         Robstown Community Center102 West Joyce                                                           415 Mainer Rd.Bishop, TX  78343                                                      Robstown, TX  78380Nueces County Libraries:Keach Family Library (Mon.-Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m; Fri.- Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)1000 Terry Shamsie Blvd.Robstown, Texas  78380Bishop Library (Mon.-Thurs. 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)115 Ash StreetBishop, Texas 78343