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This Week on Metro Connection: Feeling the Heat

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:06:39
Welcome to Metro Connection. I'm Rebecca Sheir. And today, we're talking about something people have been describing as oppressive, stifling, unbearable and above all else, record breaking. It's the weather. Sure, the past few days have been a bit cooler, but here in the D.C. region, the summer of 2011 is already one for the record books with Washington's sweating through the hottest July we've seen since we started keeping track of these things about 140 years ago.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:07:06
And since we still have most of August ahead of us, we've decided rather than fight the heat, we'll embrace it. That's why we're calling today's show Feeling the Heat.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:07:17
We'll hang out with some guys who help fight the heat as they sweat around the region fixing people's air conditioning, we'll stroll through Washington's first fireproof home constructed by a German philanthropist, beer brewer and pyro-phobe (sp?). And we'll ride along with the driver of an ice cream truck who serves up sweet treats, snacks and savvy advice to some of D.C.'s struggling neighborhoods.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:07:38
But first, we recently hit the streets of downtown D.C. to ask Washingtonians the key question, hot enough for you? And to find out how the summer weather is changing up their daily routines.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE SPEAKER 1

13:07:48
Most of the time, we don't have outdoor meetings, we don't go out to lunch. We stay in the office where it's cool. If we do go out, we try to stay hydrated and, you know, make the best of it. There's not a whole lot we can do about it, so...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE SPEAKER

13:08:00
I stay in places where they have air conditioning. And then, as you can tell, I wear this hat. It's a wonderful hat. This hat has holes all over so the sun just comes in, but doesn't hit my body.

1

13:08:09
I don't come out on the weekends until 8:00, maybe 9:00 sometimes, depending on what the heat wave is like. I work inside of a building and I work with young children. So most of the time, if it's hot, we cannot come outside, which is a big blower because the children definitely need to come outside and get a little bit of that energy off so, you know, it does change up the day.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE SPEAKER 2

13:08:33
I run outside. I try and go earlier in the morning or I'll go to the gym instead and run inside. But I prefer to run outside. So sometimes I try and make it through the heat, but when you can't breathe, there's not much you can do so...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE SPEAKER 3

13:08:45
I stay in the air conditioning. It's been too long. I'm ready for Fall.

SHEIR

13:08:50
Those were local residents speaking with our intern Lauren Landau at Metro Center earlier this week.
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