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Cool job in the heat of summer

BY LAUREL BLACK lblack@paducahsun.com

The heat index in Paducah soared over 100 degrees Friday, but Scott McCarron still had to wear gloves to work.

The Paducah resident awoke around 4:15 a.m. - in time to avoid the August heat and humidity - and started work at 5, spending about 45 minutes at the beginning of his shift at Banks Market in a cooler kept close to freezing.

"It may sound strange, but I enjoy what I do," McCarron said.

It may not sound that strange this week, after the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory expected to last through Tuesday. The higher the mercury climbs, the more enviable McCarron's job as frozen dairy manager becomes to others coping with the heat wave. 

The temperature in the cooler at Banks Market on Friday morning was 36 degrees. McCarron rotated products onto the shelves, maneuvering among milk crates stacked more than 5 feet tall. For most people accustomed to Kentucky's climate, that's foot-stamping, goosebump-inducing cold, but McCarron wore short sleeves with his gloves.  

After all, it's hot outside.

He does keep a sweater close at hand, but on Friday it hung unused over a chair in the employee area at the back of the store.

McCarron knows heat. He moved to Paducah in 1996 but hails from Palm Springs, California.

"I lived in the desert, so we had the heat, but I didn't have the humidity," he said.

McCarron hasn't adapted as well to that part of Kentucky's weather as he has to the cold in the cooler section.

"Does anybody ever get used to it?" he asked before returning to work.

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

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