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The heat is on: City sees 90-degree temps

– Fort Wayne got a little blast of Satan’s breath Tuesday as thermometers all across the city hit 90 degrees for the first time this year.

And with a high of at least 89 expected today, officials want to remind citizens about staying safe in the heat.

“If you do have to be outside, make sure you drink plenty of water and wear light clothing,” said Courtney Obergfell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Syracuse.

The high temperature at Fort Wayne International Airport on Tuesday was 93 degrees. While thunderstorms are a slight possibility in Fort Wayne this morning, the temperature will still be relatively high, Obergfell said.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also issued safety tips, which include water, rest and shade. People are urged to take frequent breaks during outdoor activities, hydrate themselves and limit their exposure to the sun.

People are also asked to be aware of heatstroke. The hallmark symptom of the condition is when the core body temperature rises above 105 degrees.

Fainting might be the first sign of heatstroke. Other symptoms may include a throbbing headache, dizziness and light-headedness, a lack of sweating, hot or red skin, nausea and vomiting or seizures.

Someone suffering from heat-related illness should be moved to a cool place to rest and should drink water or a sports drink. They should never drink something carbonated, according to homeland security.

Family pets will need help staying cool as well. People are urged to never leave their pets in unattended cars, which can heat up quickly, and to make sure that their animals have a shady, sheltered place to rest with plenty of fresh water.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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