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Janesville sweats out another hot record

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
June 8, 2011
— Perhaps you haven’t noticed: It’s hot outside.

It’s roastarific, blast furnace, miserable, sweaty, sticky, can’t-survive-without-Popsicles hot.


On Monday and Tuesday, the Janesville area achieved the dubious distinction of breaking record high temperatures for two straight days.


Monday temperatures hit 96. The previous record for June 6 was 94 in 1952, according to Gazette weather records, which date back to 1929.


On Tuesday, temperatures reached 97, breaking the previous record of 94 degrees that was set in 1952 and 1963.


Schools did their best to keep students cool.


At Wilson Elementary School, classes took advantage of the air-conditioned areas on “a rotational basis,” said Principal Becky Bicha.


The library, computer lab and special education rooms are air-conditioned.


The older kids came down from the school’s third floor, where it was warmest, and worked with the younger children in their “buddy classrooms.”


Some field trips were canceled, and some were rescheduled for Thursday, when the weather is expected to be better.


When the heat index reached 95 degrees, students were kept indoors for recess. Students running around, regardless of the extreme conditions, can lead to heat exhaustion.


“Kids don’t know all the warning signs,” Bicha said.


Teachers and staff made sure students had lots to drink and Popsicles were brought out at snack time.


Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s today, plunge 20 degrees into the 70s on Thursday and dip another 5 or so degrees by Friday—just in time for the last day of school.



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