SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Temperatures are only heating up and not everyone has a job that allows them to be inside with the air conditioning.
Whether they're working on a roof or fixing a power line, there are people who have to be out there and the temperatures for them are even higher.
There's hot, and then there's really hot as temperatures this week have been. For some people, there's no slowing down. "The linemen never stop in this weather," said Western Mass Electric Company field supervisor Mike Aubin.
As you crank up the air conditioning, WMECO workers say they've spent the week fixing power outages, and here in Springfield, replacing a transformer before it gives out.
As they work up high, in heavy protective gear, their body temperature only gets warmer. WMECO's field supervisor says the gear can make people 15-25 degrees hotter.
"The sleeves were in the sun for about 10 minutes here and they're already 25 degrees hotter than the air already," said Aubin.
The same goes for carpenters. In West Springfield, workers say the heat only slows productivity down.
"Yesterday, I had two of my guys start throwing up around 12:00 and I had to start my air conditioner so I could put them in the truck so they could cool down," said West Springfield's David Gonzalez.
Gonzalez says a project that should only take 4 days, will likely take them 5-10 days because they can't work in the afternoon.