Swimming pools across Abilene are filling up with people trying to find relief from the heat but for some men and women staying outside in the afternoon is all part of a day's work.
Workers who make their living outside have their own ways to beat the unbearable heat.
Richard Nichols from Four Seasons Car Wash tries to imagine working some place cool.
Taking his mind of the heat, he says, helps to make things better.
Many construction workers and landscapers are starting their day before the sun comes up so they can finish sooner.
"We got out here at 6:30 this morning to keep from working in the heat cause it's bad", says Simon Camacho, who we found renovating a house.
For these people the threat of heat exhaustion or stroke is a very real and dangerous thing and it's not something the take lightly.
Blake Lohse, owner/operator of Lohse's Lawn Service tells us how they handle exhausted employees.
"We'll stop, we'll take them home if we need to".
Fortunately, they haven't seen any of that this year but in years past him and his crew would call it a day.
Despite the different occupations, workers outside seem to have a common goal...finding the shade and getting inside quickly.