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Sweltering Heat Causing Local Football Teams to Adjust Practices

Temperatures remaining high here in our tri-state. Pushing the heat index well over 100 degrees in many of our counties, and that heat affecting many of the sports teams here in our area.

Posted: Aug 24, 2021 5:57 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2021 8:01 PM

Temperatures remaining high here in our tri-state. Pushing the heat index well over 100 degrees  in many of our counties, and that heat affected many of the sports teams here in our area.

“Today, right now, I think the heat index is about 105 or 106 here," said Waylon Schenk, athletic director and head football coahc at North Posey High School. "At 3:30, when we start practice, it’s going to be well over that threshold.”

And due to this sweltering heat, the Vikings of North Posey High School took their practice from the turf to their indoor practice facility to keep their student athletes safe and healthy.

“We’ve got to put athlete safety first," said Schenk. "We’re blessed to have a nice turf field, but at the same time, early in the season, that turn is hotter than a normal grass field. I think last year we would get readings as high 120 degrees on the heat index on the turf.”

North Posey not the only school taking this precaution. Mater Dei football practiced at 5:00 a.m. this morning to beat the heat, and Apollo’s football team practiced later in the day, once the heat index dropped to a safe level, and coaches don’t expect this to just be a one day change when it comes to practice.

“Definitely going to be in there today," said Schenk. "Looking at the forecast throughout the week, we’ve got two options. We can go in the morning, or we can stay on our normal routine from 3:30 - 5:30, which will be in our indoor facility.”

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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