The sun beats down on the red bricks of Sacramento's residential hotels. Most of the people who live here have no fans or air conditioners; they open their windows hoping a breeze might brush by. "It's really hot! There's no air conditioner in it." Melanie Norman sought refuge the heat on the back of a truck parked in the shade; her room was too hot. Marianne Scott turned to more extreme measures. "I just take it all off and sit there. Is it helping? Um a little. It's real muggy. It's a sticky kind of heat" she says.

It's a constant struggle for relief here because these old buildings hold on to the heat. "About 80 degrees," from his second story window Ren Morse told FOX 40 he knocked down the temperature by about 20 degrees with a couple of fans. Others gathered in the lobby of the Marshall Hotel and staked out spots between a fan and an air conditioner.

"We routinely see people with heat exhaustion and then into heat stroke in these kinds of conditions," Cal Fire Battalion Chief Greg Guyan says the humidity still lingering from this years' late rains is making the heat more intense, "Now, we're into July. We're into that high heat; a lot of humidity still in the air. We have people in foreclosed homes without power. They don't have those systems, especially the elderly."

In July of 2006, 57 people died in a statewide heat wave; 22 of them between Sacramento and Modesto. For ten straight days the mercury topped 100 degrees; and some of those deaths happened in steamy downtown hotels.

"It's hot and it's miserable," Ricci Robinson remembers that summer well. Robinson has lived at the Marshall for 8 years. But only this summer did he buy his first air conditioner. "Yea, it just really got too hot. It's hot and miserable up there. So, I just bought an air conditioner cause it only cost 88-dollars. It was on sale."

Hours after the sun set it was still hot in downtown Sacramento. The temperature on an i-phone read 90 degrees. This is nowhere near that scorching summer of 2006. But that's how the heat starts to take a toll; hot days and nights that don't cool down.

The very young and old; and the elderly are the most at risk during a severe heat wave.