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Published July 03, 2012, 09:18 PM

Metro street workers brave blistering heat

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- This fresh Asphalt is still very warm to the touch. Our thermometer reads well above 100-degrees hours after it was laid.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- This fresh asphalt is still very warm to the touch. Our thermometer reads well above 100 degrees hours after it was laid.

If you think that's warm, imagine standing over this substance when it's being poured out at 300 degrees, 8 hours a day in above 90 degree temperatures.

Steve White - Worked Asphalt for 35 Years: "Rather for it be about 70, 75, that's great working weather. This is killer weather."

Steve White has been laying Asphalt for more than 35 years. He says rarely does it get this hot.

Steve White: "It's about 200 degrees on the paver, so it's pretty warm."

This asphalt reads more than 250 degrees, and rising. Every minute of every break is something to relish - find shade, rehydrate, rest.

Steve White: "But today it's not working because there's no breeze."

We wanted to see just how it was on top of that paver, so we used a thermometer. In only a matter of minutes, the temperature is already more than this could register.

Shannon Johnson - Fargo: "Heat just hangs with you."

Shannon Johnson stands only inches above the fresh mixture, basking in the steam. The solution is obvious - water, water, water. Sometimes it's just hard to keep up.

Shannon Johnson: "Try to keep as much water in you as you can because you sweat most of it out."

There's no rest for the weary. These guys will all be back out here, working for regular wages on the Fourth of July Holiday.

It's only supposed to get hotter, with highs in the upper 90s here in Fargo-Moorhead.