The heat is inconvenient for many of us -- potentially dangerous for people working in it -- and for those who make their living working the land or raising livestock, this heat can also scorch a farmer's livelihood.
Mills and Son Farms in Winterville and Greenville is coming off a hard year where dry conditions ruined their crops, so a good harvest this year is all the more important. Although temperatures are way up much earlier this year, Michael Mills says they're not panicking yet, because of one key difference -- rain.
The Mills family also raises pigs, which are being kept cool thanks to dozens of fans and lots of water. Michael Mills says, "You try to keep them cool, keep the fans on them, they spray water on them every so often you know, cause hogs don't sweat, and they have to have water on them."
So far this season pigs and plants are weathering well, which keeps Mills hopeful for a healthy harvest.