INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thursday will go down as the hottest day ever for many
Indiana locales, and the steamy temperatures will stick around for at least
The National Weather Service said a large ridge of high pressure brought in
the hottest temperatures in nearly 80 years. The temperature soared to 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
Because of the heat, Fort Wayne opened three pools free of charge on
Thursday. Jenny Barney, lead supervisor for the aquatic department at the
North Side pool, said all three were at capacity within a half-hour of
"If we didn’t have a steady breeze it would be miserable, but there’s a
steady nice breeze so it kind of kept everyone at bay,” she said. “But if we
didn’t have that breeze we would have had trouble as far as people feeling
The 106 degree temperature in Fort Wayne tied the city’s record, 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
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
The weather service was predicting more hot weather Friday.
Cooling centers were opened in many places across Indiana. The Salvation
Army reported that it opened cooling centers in more than two dozen cities.
Maj. John Turner says he doesn’t know how many people are using the centers.
He says he was at one of the cooling centers in Indianapolis several times
Thursday. At times, he said, there were just a few people there and other
times, there were more than a dozen.
“It seems they are coming in and getting some relief and leaving,” he said.
“It gives them the chance to commiserate with other people going through the
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 tell 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.
more than 40 Bishop Chatard High School students went to downtown
Indianapolis on Thursday to pass out water to those in need.