Heat wave continues: Some of the hottest and coldest jobs in Hampton Roads

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jul 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-25 18:06:08-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – With the intense heat still affecting Hampton Roads, we set out to highlight some of the hottest and coolest jobs and places.

The area has been under a heat advisory and News 3 Meteorologists warn that we’ll have heat index values over 100 again Monday.

Some of the hottest jobs suggested include roofers, construction workers, landscapers, firefighters, shipyard workers, welders, lifeguards, auto mechanics, warehouse workers, and even the Colonial Reenactors in Williamsburg.

Several roofing companies tell us they did not have workers out Friday, partly due to the extreme temperatures. One said they start as early as 5 a.m. to beat the heat.

W.T. Anderson Corporation talked to News 3 as one of their crews worked on an emergency repair in Chesapeake. Project manager, Hector Miranda, said they are taking precautions like starting and ending earlier in the day and talking with the team about signs of heat stroke.

"We talk about hydration 24 hours prior to start working," said Miranda.

Proper attire like hats and long-sleeved shirts help, he said.

"You gotta’ to have loose clothing to make sure you allow your body to sweat, perspire," added Miranda.

As for some of the coldest jobs, there are ice manufacturers and delivery drivers, as well as ice cream servers.

News 3 also with the owner of a local clinic that offers cryotherapy. Sometimes known as cold therapy, it uses low temperatures in an effort to relieve muscle pain and swelling. Kerri Anne Pope, assistant manager of Restore in Norfolk, described the machine as dropping to anywhere from -166 to -220 degrees Fahrenheit.

"It’s a modern-day ice bath," Pope described. "We provide you with all the necessary attire: gloves, socks, slippers, robes. You stand in there for anywhere from 2-3 minutes."

Pope said they get regulars year-round but it can be tougher to convince someone to go in sub-zero temps when it's already cold outside.

As for the roofers, the team in Chesapeake said they prefer working in the heat versus the cold.

"Working in extreme conditions is always hard," Miranda stated.