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DES MOINES, Iowa -- In this triple digit heat, most of us just want to sit inside with the AC blasting. Today, a few folks braved the brutal heat and even liked it.

“I love the weather. It's always cool in the building so I like to get out, warmed up,” explained Steve Smith.

It didn’t take long to warm up in the baking sun. Smith had much of Western Gateway Park to himself over his lunch break. The extreme heat kept the crowds from lining up at the food trucks.

“It's really hot today so I'm assuming that's why people aren't out as much,” observed Christine Clancy.

Clancy says the one block walk to the park was "very hot" and sweaty.

“I think the die hard people will still come out,” said Aaron Byrd of Street Eats DSM.

As hot as it was outside, it was even steamer inside his food truck where temps soared another 15 degrees higher. Bryd says working without air conditioning on a day like this is the price of doing business.

“I think it's extra hot. It says 110 in here and that's not a heat index. That's the actual air temperature,” he Byrd.

Food trucks were allowed to park on the capitol complex for the first time today. The pilot program runs from now until Halloween.