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Heat wave extra tough on construction workers

Jim Tackes (foreground) of Habermehl Electric Inc., Franklin, cuts a hole in a junction box while his co-worker Brian Gaschk looks on Wednesday in Milwaukee. High temperatures and humidity made working outside a struggle Wednesday. Temperatures in the 90s are expected for a few more days. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The soaring heat and high humidity have been especially tough for construction workers, landscapers, roofers and other outdoor workers in Wisconsin.

ClearCut Builders foreman Scott Yoder and his crew are working on a housing development in Eau Claire. Yoder says the conditions are miserable, but they just have to work through it by taking plenty of water breaks.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says workers for DJ’s Concrete near Brackett arrived at the job site at the crack of dawn to beat the heat later in the day. But even at 5 a.m. worker Bud Lolmaugh said it felt like temperatures were in the high 80s.

Wednesday’s forecast in the Eau Claire area and across the state called for a high of 96 degrees with muggy conditions.

Information from: Leader-Telegram,

WB Corp.'s Patrick Muckerheide wipes his brow while placing cement down for a sidewalk near Badger Middle School in West Bend on Wednesday. (AP Photo/West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke)

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