2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ameenah Ali, Atlanta resident:
"At ninety one, to me it feels like a hundred, just hot, very humid, you sweat when you normally don't sweat. But the good thing is I do sell water, drinks and Italian ice. Which is something that gives you the cool off when your walking from your office, walking to your appointments during the day. It really helps a lot, especially the Italian ice."
3. People eating Italian ice and Ali's shop
4. People walking across street
5. Ali handing Italian ice to customer and hugging
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ameenah Ali, Atlanta resident:
"It definitely helps business, but this hot, this heat is, it's no fun."
Temperatures in the South have climbed over 100 degrees (38 Celsius) this week and, combined with humidity, resulted in heat indexes up to 121 degrees.
Forecasters issued heat advisories and warnings in the South and predicted the most intense heat Tuesday would hit Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama; and in areas near Memphis, Tennessee.
The heat index represents what the temperature feels like, and the combined temperature and humidity heat index in Clarksdale, Mississippi, reached just over 120 degrees yesterday.
Atlanta resident Ameenah Ali sells cold beverages and Italian ice at a food stand downtown and said the heat wave has helped business. While working outside, she noticed the humidity makes the day feel hotter than the temperature indicates, she said.
"At 91, to me it feels like 100," Ali said. "You sweat when you normally don't sweat."
A front is expected to provide some relief by Wednesday.