JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The heat is definitely here as temperatures soared into the mid 90's on the first full day of summer. It was quite the shocker if you were outside Monday for any length of time.
"Every time you do something you're going to sweat," said Don Adams who was edging the lawn of a downtown business.
The landscaper could tell that Monday was the hottest day of the year. The high reached 95 degrees with a heat index of 101.
Adams began his day at 6 a.m. when temperatures were around 75 degrees. By two p.m. he was working in the mid 90's.
"I just drink water but not quite cold water," said Adams. "You just want it kinda just medium. You don't really want real cold water, because it affects the body. You know you've just got to drink plenty of water and eat a very light lunch."
Heat indices over 100 made for steamy working conditions for those with outdoor jobs.
High in the air at the Regions Building in downtown Jackson, workers are getting ready for a long hot summer.
Window washers are hard at work 420 feet in the air. The heat combined with the concrete and sun's rays bouncing off walls of glass make for an uncomfortable work place.
"Oh it's definitely hotter this week," said window washer Michael Stingley. "It's pretty hot, but we're used to it. Clouds are nice but it's still hot. We take plenty of Gatorade and water with us in case we dehydrate, plenty of salt and everything like that."
"We stay hydrated pretty much and yes it is the hottest day so far but we deal with it," added window washer Fredrick Seright. "Because we have a breeze blowing when we're up cleaning the windows. So it's pretty cool for us up there."
From high in the air to ground level, outdoor workers say being prepared is the key as we head into the long hot summer.
Meteorologists said surprisingly the mid 90 degree temperatures in central Mississippi were hotter than in the Delta, but their humidity levels was much higher, making it a muggier day.