Bakers, Citi Field Maintenance Crews Can't Catch A Break

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)The extreme heat has settled over the Tri-State area, with temperatures expected to soar into the 90s through at least Friday.

Experts advise staying indoors in the air conditioning and drinking plenty of water.

But for some, cooling off is not always possible while on the job.

Heat wave or not, it’s always time to make the doughnuts.

As WCBS 880’s Deborah Rodriguez reported, the Doughnut Plant on the Lower East Side is still busy churning out thousands of doughnuts by hand even in the extreme heat.

“Everybody here is probably working on their second or third gallon of water. We hydrate,” baker David Israel told Rodriguez.

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He said the fryer oil is about 350 degrees, making the kitchen hotter than 90 degrees.

“The dough is folded and kneaded by hand, then cut by hand, placed on the screens by hand and fried by hand,” Israel told Rodriguez.

At Citi Field, maintenance crews are busy putting on the final touches ahead of the Home Run Derby Monday night and the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Staffers said the weather is no joy, but also not a surprise in mid-July.

The maintenance supervisor told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane that if you have to be outside, manning a power washer makes it bearable.

“It’s the best time to be messing with some water,” he told Murnane. “I make it rain! On hot days, I make it rain!”

Overall, the morale on staff is good, said the supervisor.

Back in 1947, the game time temperature for the Mid-Summer Classic in St. Louis was a toasty 105, according to the Baseball Almanac.

Forecasters are predicting the heat wave will break with cooler temperatures on Sunday.

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