By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Beating the heat was the name of the game Thursday in Edgecombe County, as temperatures soared into the mid 90’s.
“Right now the temperature is 95 degrees. This is the warmest day so far across central North Carolina,” said Shawna Cokley, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, at 2 p.m. Thursday. She said the average June temperature for the Raleigh area is 86, 87 degrees.
For the crew from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) laying asphalt on Wilson Street, staying cool was a near-impossible task.
“Words can’t describe right now. It’s hot!” said Brian Trevathan, a member of the crew. “The asphalt can make you even hotter. It’s got steam on the inside.”
Ernest Pitt, NCDOT project supervisor, agreed with Trevathan’s statement about the asphalt.
“It’s heated up about 600, 700 degrees. It’s pretty hot,” Pitt said. “The sun and the heat coming off the road from the sun and the heat coming off the road from the asphalt, it’s pretty rough.”
The crew began work patching up the holes in the pavement on Wilson Street around 9 a.m. and finished around 3 p.m.
“We take frequent breaks, get in the shade, drink plenty of water,” Pitt said.
Peyton Gay, 10, and his sister Madelyn Gay, 9, found a way to refresh passersby at their 1300 St. Andrew St. home in Tarboro Thursday. They set up a lemonade stand in front of their home and sold the homemade lemonade at a cost of 75 cents for a small and $1 for a large.
“It cools me off,” said Madelyn Gay. “It’s very, very hot.”
Melvin Harrell of Tarboro stopped by the stand around lunch time and purchased a large lemonade.
“I haven’t had lemonade from a lemonade stand in ages,” he said.
The children’s mother, Pamela Gay, said she was surprised by how many people stopped by the lemonade stand.
“So far, we’ve got a good profit,” Peyton said. While they were happy with their earnings, which they plan to save and use whenever they need it, the children were charitable to those working in the heat.
“Somebody was pushing a push mower, so we gave him some (lemonade),” said Gay.
Folks will get a reprieve from the summer heat for the next few days, at least.
“The weekend is supposed to be cooler, probably in the 80’s, generally sunny,” Cokley said, noting that a cool front was forecast to pass through following a line of thunderstorms Thursday night.