CHARLOTTE- Blazing temperatures have people in Charlotte looking for things to do inside. But it’s not just local residents feeling the burn; the extreme heat is impacting local businesses in the Queen City as well.
The triple digit temperature the Queen City faces has people talking. Northeast Charlotte Resident, Kevin Ehrlich is planning on a family weekend, “I'm bringing my parents up from Florida this weekend so they can sweat it out with the rest of us in the Carolinas."
One thing not on the agenda this weekend; being outside. Elizabeth Neighborhood Resident, Linda Drum is preparing for an indoor weekend, “My mother, I'm warning her to stay inside where there's air conditioning." Other residents throughout the Queen City like Jason Wishnefski have the same idea, “Relax in the air conditioning and maybe have a cold one.”
One place people don’t go inside to escape the heat, some local movie theaters. Jordan Kearne works for Carolina Cinemas. He says the extreme temperature slows down business, “We don’t get a lot of just looking to get out of the heat.”
Still local residents like Kerri Leary say the she’s letting her kids play at the spray park today because she fears that this weekend will just be too hot to go outside.
But it’s not just families in Charlotte feeling the pain. Local businesses are also suffering. Armada Skate Shop Co-owner, Matthew Fletcher says the warmer temperatures mean fewer customers, “We’re not getting the walk in traffic that we are used to having here. We are seeing numbers dwindle as the temperatures rise."'
One thing everyone is hoping for going forward; a cool down. Ehrlich is hoping for lower temperatures next week, “Let’s get back to the cool 90’s.”