Many across New Jersey must still work outdoors despite oppressive heat

While many New Jerseyans are finding refuge from the hot temperatures outside, there are many who are unable to escape the heat.

News 12 Staff

Jun 7, 2021, 9:10 PM

Updated 1,043 days ago

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While many New Jerseyans are finding refuge from the hot temperatures outside, there are many who are unable to escape the heat.
Temperatures reached into the mid-90s across most of the state. But the humidity made conditions feel as if it was over 100 degrees in some areas.
In downtown Freehold along South Street, workers were taking turns with a jackhammer to rip up a parking lot. Not far away, masonry on a building getting renovated was getting done up high on a scaffold. And along Main Street, delivery people were working up a sweat.
News 12 New Jersey also found a police officer making his rounds along Main Street. In addition to the long pants, shirt and belt, he was also wearing a protective vest.
“It’s literally like a suit glued to my chest. It’s rough,” the officer said.
There were some workers who were wearing masks out in the heat as well.
But despite the heat, News 12 also found some who chose to be out in the oppressive heat - two friends working out on the football field at the Manalapan Recreation Center.
“It is 95 degrees, but we’re having fun while we’re doing it. Drinking water, hydrating,” said Anthony Rodrigues.
“I feel like this is the best time to be out there. Get some sun, get a nice tan going,” said David Niskanen.
But the two friends lasted just an hour before they said that they had enough of the heat and called it a day.


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