By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — Hot, humid and still.
The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures will hit 90 or slightly above over central Indiana through Friday, which means anyone working or playing outside for any length of time is actively engaged in sweat control.
Surely this comes as no surprise.
As Indiana's summer hits the halfway mark, this is what you should reasonably expect from now until mid-September. Don't even think about complaining. After all, you spent all winter lamenting the cold.
At just after 3 p.m. Tuesday, the thermometer cracked 90. With the relative humidity a steamy 56 percent, the heat index — or what the temperature actually feels like — was 97 degrees.
All of which means exercising a reasonable amount of caution when outside, or in a place with no air conditioning.
That's just what Brittany Keen-Rice, 27, was trying to do while hanging with a few friends in the parking lot across from the Anderson Public Library.
Keen-Price said she suffers from asthma and chronic low blood sugar, both of which extreme heat makes worse. She thinks city leaders should provide cooling stations at various locations.
"Imagine what these little kids are going through," she added.
The heat didn't seem to bother her friend, Arthur Irwin of Frankton, who was dressed in work boots, blue jeans, a long-sleeve shirt with a white T-shirt underneath.
Stranded in Anderson since July 4th, when his moped broke down, Irwin said he's been getting around on an old bicycle stored at the home of his parents. To cool off he simply pedals away to catch a breeze.
Another man, who only gave his first name Dennis, was outside the library, where he's been spending as much time as possible because of no air conditioning in the house he shares with a brother. Dennis said he heads down to the library because "you don't want to stay at home all day."
At Shadyside Park, Jessica Bryant and Jordan Dystra, both 17, and Skyleigh Richardson, 22, were babysitting a passel of kids who were getting as sweaty as possible on the play equipment. They had the heat under control, though.
"We bring drinks, snacks, try to stay in the shade and wear hats," said Jessica. And after taking turns at the park's drinking fountain, they prepared to take their charges on the walking trails down by the lake where they hoped it would be cooler.
The emergency room staffs at Community Hospital Anderson and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital have not reported any heat-related injuries so far this year, according to their respective spokespersons, Brandy Hill and Randy Titus.
They did, however, offer some tips for dealing with the heat such as:
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