PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It may be officially fall, but it still feels like August.
"It's too hot. It shouldn't be this hot," said Dasia Wilson who lives in Hazard.
Wilson has two words to describe this extended summer.
"Dry and lifeless."
Temperatures are 20 degrees above the average, and even the dogs want nothing to do with the heat.
"They don't really wanna do much. They just kinda walk around then come and lay back down," said Wilson.
While locals are tired of walking outside and sweating, workers for the Housing Development Alliance say the heat makes their projects go longer.
"When it cools off we tend to get a lot more done because we don't have to break that much, but if you don't take breaks it's hard on your body," said worker Anthony Ritchie.
Along with the heat, the severe drought makes the dust fly.
"The dust is so thick when you step you can just see the dust and you have to breathe all that. It would be nice to have a little bit of dampness," said Ritchie.
September 2019 will go down in history as one of the driest months ever.
About three inches of rain is supposed to fall in September. There has only been a trace in Jackson.
Tuesday also marks the start of the fall forest fire season.