INDIANAPOLIS - The record heat across Indiana had a major impact on outdoor activities Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Some Indiana schools dismissed early and canceled outdoor activities amid hot weather that saw South Bend reach a record high of 97 and Indianapolis reach a record high of 96 degrees.
“It's just really bringing this dome of heat around the most of the upper Midwest and into the Midwest and even the northeast," StormTeam 6 Meteorologist Ashley Brown said.
Six Gary Community School Corp. schools dismissed early Tuesday because of the heat, and others in Indianapolis, Brownsburg and central Indiana's Hancock County canceled outdoor sports practices because of concerns over the heat. The Beech Grove schools in Indianapolis also called off an indoor volleyball game because of inadequate ventilation at the venue.
Warren Central High School suspends practices when the heat index reaches 105 degrees. District officials were carefully watching the weather.
“Sometimes we need to step back from those objectives and keep in mind first and foremost, the safety and health of our kids. That’s paramount,” Tony Burchett, with Warren Township schools, said.
The National Weather Service says South Bend reached a record high for the date of 97, breaking the previous record of 96 set in 1897.
Indianapolis reached a high of 96, breaking the previous record high for the date of 95 last reached in 1983.
The surge of heat comes after a mild summer that ran into a dry August, followed by the record-breaking September heat wave.
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