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Rockford workers trying to stay cool in record breaking heat

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ROCKORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A dangerous heatwave is being experienced across the Stateline, on Friday.

Many are lucky to beat the heat by staying in their cool, air conditioned offices or houses. Those who can’t are worried about skyrocketing temperatures that can bring danger to their overall health.

Rock River Water Reclamation District Forman, Eric Elswick, didn’t call off of work to stay clear of the extremely hot day ahead of him.

Rockford is experiencing some of the hottest temperatures in over seven years, with heat indexes over 100, Elswick agreed that “this probably [is] one of the hotter one’s.”

Workers are learning to beat the heat the best they can, like the owner of Kurt’s Auto and Truck Center, Nathan Kurt.

“We’ve got fans inside the shop [and] we try to keep the doors open [to] keep air flowing,” Kurt said.

One of Kurt’s biggest concerns is keeping his crew hydrated.

“I went and got a bunch of Gatorade, and waters for the guys for both stores,” Kurt said.

The heat hasn’t quit just yet, so make sure to stay aware of heat stroke warning signs before it’s too late.

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