At the Wells Fargo Plaza uptown, business was hot at the popsicle stand.
“Popsicles are always good to cool down,” said worker McKenzie Walden, dressed in shorts and a tank top.
Temperatures reached 95 degrees Thursday, making it the hottest day of the year so far. But it didn’t challenge the record, set last year at 100 degrees.
The humidity was hovering around 35 percent in the afternoon, making some places feel like over 100 degrees.
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For those working in the uptown area, the heat can feel even worse. The temperature can be much higher in urban areas, due to the sun’s energy not being absorbed into plants or water vapor.
Taariq Mohammed, who works at an uptown construction site, had to remind workers Thursday morning on how to prepare for the hot day. He recommended drinking plenty of cold water, trying to stay in the shade and wearing lighter fabrics, like cotton.
“All these things really help,” he said.
Mohammed was eating lunch with a fellow worker, Aaron Adams, on the plaza. Adams said the heat wasn’t too bad since he was in the shade.
At the Urban Ministry Center outside uptown, which serves those in need, a water cooler was available outside, and the facility’s doors were open for anyone who needed a place to cool off.
“Anybody is welcome to come in from the heat,” said Rich Hoard, a neighbor care specialist at UMC.
Patrick Moore, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said that the combination of heat and humidity made Charlotte feel a lot warmer.
The humidity also affects how the body cools itself, Moore said. The moisture in the air makes it hard for a person’s body to get rid of sweat, making perspiration worse. That can lead to heat stroke if a person stays in hot areas for too long.
Tyler Fleming: 704-358-5355, @tyler_fleming96