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Thursday will go down as the hottest day ever for many Indiana locales, and Decatur recorded an official high of 102 degrees.
The National Weather Service said a large ridge of high pressure brought in the hottest temperatures in nearly 80 years. The mercury hit a record 106 degrees in Fort Wayne and Evansville and 104 degrees in Indianapolis.
For other cities, it was the hottest it’s been in Indiana since 1988.
Officials at the Decatur weather station in the sewage treatment plant at the southern edge of the city said the temperature topped out at 102 in the afternoon. Higher readings were reported within the city.
West winds of around 20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph, provided the only semblance of relief.
The 106-degree temperature in Fort Wayne tied the all-time high, set three times before. In Evansville, 106 degrees was the highest temperature the southwestern Indiana city had seen since July 15, 1936.
The 104 degrees in Indianapolis was the record high for the day and for the month of June, breaking the mark of 101 set on June 28, 1934. It was the hottest day in the Indianapolis area since the temperature hit 104 on July 14, 1954.
The temperature hit 105 in Muncie and Terre Haute; 103 in Bloomington and Shelbyville; 102 in Goshen and Kokomo; and 100 in Gary, South Bend and Lafayette.
At this point, there's no relief in sight for Decatur-area residents ... unless you call the 90s some relief after Thursday's high here.
The National Weather Service predicted a high near 98 in the Decatur area today, with sunny skies, a heat index near 103 and a west wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight's low will be in the mid 70s.
Forecasters said there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms today and tonight.
Then it's a high near 96 on Saturday, near 95 on Sunday, near 95 on Monday, near 94 on Tuesday, near 95 on Wednesday — the Fourth — and near 93 on Thursday.
Broken record! Ugh!
Because of the heat, Fort Wayne opened three pools free of charge on Thursday. Cooling centers were opened in many places across Indiana. The Salvation Army reported that it opened cooling centers in more than two dozen cities.
The Center Grove Daily Journal reports the water level of a Johnson County water tower south of Indianapolis could give firefighters trouble because it is down to 4 feet. It normally should be at 30 feet.
Water officials told the newspaper that Bargersville residents have been averaging using about 7 million gallons of water per day, which is more than the town’s water plant is created to handle.
WISH-TV reported more than 40 Bishop Chatard High School students went to downtown Indianapolis on Thursday to pass out water to those in need.