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After a record-setting heat wave, temperatures in the
PETER O’DOWD: It’s not even nine o’clock in the morning at Arizona State University, and already the temperature is nearing 100 degrees. Dan Ross is collecting money at a parking lot on
DAN ROSS: The first thing I do is strip off these sweaty clothes! Get under the air-conditioning, and just relax.
O’DOWD: Forecasters say the latest heat wave broke a few records, including the longest string of nighttime low temperatures above 90 degrees. Here’s how other folks at ASU handle the discomfort.
JANE STEFFANS: Normally what I do, I carry around this cup. It’s a refillable Starbucks cup and I normally fill it with ice all the way to the top. And then water. Sometimes I put it on pressure points.
WILLIAM KENNEDY: Drink hot coffee. It regulates your body temperature.
O’DOWD: That’s Jane Steffans and William Kennedy. And, yes, some scientists say having a hot drink can actually cool you down. Soon though, you might not need it. The Phoenix-area forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms this week that could start to cool the region’s sizzling temperatures.