Triple Digit Heat Affecting Daily Business

Tuesday was the fifth consecutive day of triple digit heat in the Meridian area.
Over the past four days, temperatures rose above 100.

Monday - 101
Sunday - 102
Saturday - 102
Friday - 103

The heat is affecting pretty much everyone and everything.

At the Lauderdale County Courthouse, this was the second day in a row that many people there worked without air conditioning. The central air unit failed last week.

Window units were installed on the first floor, which handles most business for the public. Other court-related offices are on second and third floors. Those floors have only the use of fans.

The extreme heat is also taking a toll on farmer and others who work outdoors.

In Alabama, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks said farmers need additional disaster assistance from the federal government.

Sparks said consumers could soon start feeling the effects at the retail level. He said commodities become more scarce because of the drought and it could mean higher prices at the grocery store.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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