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Folks taking it easy as near-record breaking heat sweeps NH

By MARK HAYWARD and TODD FEATHERS
New Hampshire Union Leader

August 28. 2018 8:17PM
Lisa Steele, left, a Trinity High School senior, and Shea Mara, a Central sophomore, get sprayed unexpectedly by a leaking garden hose as they wash a car on Malvern Street in Manchester on Tuesday afternoon. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)



Trinty High School's Dantre Taylor, a junior, gets some water during a light practice in Manchester on Tuesday. Coaches are making sure players take water breaks every 15 minutes. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

School coaches called off games and people flocked to air-conditioning as a short-lived heat wave intensified on Tuesday.

Heat and humidity is expected to push the heat index past the 100-degree mark today, but a heat advisory ends at 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. An approaching cold front should cool off temperatures Thursday down to the 80s and even 70s.

“We’re in the heat and humidity for today and Wednesday,” said James Brown, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

In Manchester, the temperature reached 93 degrees at 4 p.m., — one degree below the record of 94 set in 1949.

On Tuesday, school athletic officials in Manchester called off outside tryouts, practices and even games. Coaches sent high-school football players inside to watch film, while gyms were tested to see if volleyball practices would continue inside.

Outdoor practices may be held this morning, but only for two hours maximum with water breaks every 15 minutes, said Christine Telge, acting athletic director for Manchester city schools.

The first home game for Manchester High School Central boys and girls soccer, scheduled for Tuesday, was canceled. Officials are to decide by noon today on the Central field hockey team game scheduled for Londonderry.

“You want to protect everyone’s child and make sure everyone is safe,” Telge said. She said the Central games, held at Gill Stadium, were moved up to accommodate spraying for mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus.

It wasn’t only kids who won’t be taking to the fields. In Concord, organizers postponed the New Hampshire Senior Games Golf Tournament until Sept. 5, when early forecasts call for a high of 77 degrees and clouds.

The effect of the mid-day heat was most evident on Elm Street in Manchester, where outside restaurant patios were conspicuously empty.

Except for Doug and Carol Platter, who sat unfazed in the shade of an umbrella outside an ice cream shop.

“We’re cool; this is nothing for us,” said Doug Platter. Residents of Venice, Fla., the couple was in New Hampshire for a five-week vacation to visit family and enjoy the climate.

“It’s very humid in Florida, so with this mild breeze, even though it’s hot, it’s OK,” Carol Platter said.

For those who were forced outside by work, the heat was more than just an annoyance.

Maurice Hanks of Manchester labored with his shirt off on the facade of a downtown tattoo shop. He had set up a tent over a small portion of sidewalk, but it wasn’t large enough to cover the ladder he was using.

“It’s miserable,” Hanks said. “Unfortunately this summer has been more miserable than most.”

The Weather Service recommends that anyone working or playing outside take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas. Drink plenty of water and wear light, loose-fitting clothes.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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