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Seven-week-old dingo puppies play outside in their habitat Wednesday afternoon at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The litter of seven pups are of three different colors: ginger, white and black. The zoo opens for the season April 21.

City’s 87-degree high historic for March

– Forget that trip to Fort Lauderdale – tropical weather has come to Fort Wayne.

Our city has broken record highs for eight consecutive days. That’s the first time that has happened since record-keeping began in 1897, according to the National Weather Service.

On Wednesday, we hit 87 – the highest temperature ever recorded in Fort Wayne in the month of March. The previous record was 86, set March 24, 1910, said meteorologist Evan Bentley of the National Weather Service in Syracuse.

“This is crazy hot for March,” said Curtis Smith, chief meteorologist of Indiana’s NewsCenter.

Smith said the jet stream to our north and an area of high pressure around Fort Wayne were combining to keep temperatures well above the norm.

A little after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Smith posted a weather map on his Facebook page showing that of all major U.S. cities, Fort Wayne and Chicago appeared to be the hottest at 85 degrees. Like Fort Wayne, Chicago’s temperature officially peaked at 87.

In response to seeing the map, readers lit up Smith’s Facebook page with messages, such as: “Indiana spring break 2012 woooo hooooo! Where’s the beer and beach?”

The high in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday was 82. In Punta Gorda, Fla., the hottest spot in the country Wednesday, it was 91, according to AccuWeather.com.

aingersoll@jg.net

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