Think you're burning up?
Gregg Huff is out there in the steam bath putting seal coat on asphalt, spreading a coal tar mix that emanates chemical heat.
"You're getting sunburned from the top and the bottom," said the general manager of Asphalt Doctor of S.C. "You're melting, you really are. It's exhausting heat. You're sweating, the heat takes away your mind's ability to reason well. Physically and mentally you're melting away."
He's not the only one. After issuing a "hazardous heat" advisory on Monday, the National Weather Service in Charleston issued another one for today. Forecasters are calling for high temperatures just a bead of sweat short of 100 degrees and heat indexes that could rise above 110 degrees.
AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting company, called for heat indexes that could reach 114 degrees.
"Tuesday will be every bit as hot as today," said meteorologist Steve Rowley, with the weather service. That was Monday, when the 99-degree high at weather service's office at Charleston International Airport broke a record for the date.
Wednesday will be just about as bad, and Rowley said another hazardous heat advisory might be issued for that day, too. Thursday, the temps should dip to the mid-90s, the heat index to about 105 degrees, a "subtle redirection," Rowley said. On Thursday, the heat index should dip toward 100 degrees.
A passing chance of thunderstorms is the only hope for relief.
By the weekend, we should be back to the usual summer swelter, when stepping outside just feels like getting swaddled in a wet heat blanket.
Meanwhile, there's no escape. Five floors high at the Pavilion Bar on the rooftop of the Market Pavilion hotel downtown, not even the breeze is much help. The bar is going through 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of ice per day, bartender Clint Gaskins said. And he's wearing black pants.
"If you could write my manager about (allowing) some shorts, that would be excellent," he said.