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In her apartment, Norma is painting a picture of the sun and looks outside to see it burning bright in the sky… at midnight. Everything is hot although the air conditioner is running full blast. Norma checks the time and then pours herself a small glass of cool water from her rationed supply. A little girl knocks on the door and stares at Norma’s glass, and Norma offers her a sip. Suzy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shuster, are packed to leave and tell Suzy to leave Norma alone. Mrs. Bronson, the landlady, comes out and Mr. Shuster explains that they’re heading north to Canada to avoid the head. Mrs. Bronson warns that there are gas shortages and the highways are jammed up. He wishes them luck and leaves with his family, and Mrs. Bronson notes that she and Norma are the only two left. Norma doesn’t plan to leave and thinks that she’s dreaming and will wake up in a cool bed. She looks out on the street, which is deserted. Mrs. Bronson notes that for the last month the Earth is heading closer for the Sun but is unable to admit that they’re doomed.
Later, Norma returns home with what groceries she could carry. They open a can of juice but a desperate Mrs. Bronson drops it. Norma admits that she was acting like n animal at the store, while other people panicked or went into hysterics. The radio announcer passes on a bulletin for citizens to keep their doors locked as the police force are dealing with the traffic jams, and residents will have to protect themselves. The temperature is at 110 degrees and tomorrow will be more of the same. The announcer departs from the script and breaks down on the air. Norma pours Mrs. Bronson a drink and explains they’re going to have to work together. They both drink… and the power goes out again. The outages have increased each day and Mrs. Bronson wonders what will happen if it never comes back on. Mrs. Bronson notices Norma’s painting of the sun and asks her to paint something cool. She throws Norma’s painting to the ground and pounds on it hysterically
Norma rests in her apartment as the mercury on the thermometer rises ever upward and sunlit surfaces grow too hot to touch. Norma goes over to see Mrs. Bronson and they hear a noise upstairs from the roof. They hide in Norma’s apartment and hear a man call out, telling Norma to come out or he’ll come in. She cocks her revolver and warns him to leave. They hear him walk away but Norma doesn’t seem him leave. Mrs. Bronson opens the door and the man barges in. He advances on Norma and takes the gun away from her. He takes Norma’s water and drinks some and pours the rest over himself. He sees Norma’s paintings of the sun and talks about how his wife used to paint. He stares at the gun and then throws it away while talking about his wife and baby died of the heat. He apologizes to them and begs their forgiveness, then walks out.
As the women recover, Mrs. Bronson sees a waterfall that Norma has painted and starts to hallucinate the sound of the water. She snaps from the strain and then collapses, dead. As Norma holds her, the sun grows ever hotter and the paint starts to melt as the thermometer bursts. Norma screams in horror and collapses…
It’s snowing outside and Mrs. Bronson tries to seal the windows. A doctor is examining Norma, who wakes up. He informs her she’s been running a fever but she’s doing better now. The doctor warns that the medicine is gone and he won’t be able to come back: he’ll be moving his family south. Mrs. Bronson talks about how the scientists have realized that the Earth has shifted out of its orbit and is falling away from the sun, and they’ll all freeze to death in a few weeks. Norma talks about how she dreamed of how it was hot and the sun burned all the time with no night. Now she’s simply with all the darkness and coolness. Mrs. Bronson can only echo her words…