Fort Wayne could see 104 degrees today, a new record for July 5.
Wednesday's 101 degrees tied for the hottest Fourth of July ever, last getting this hot in 1955.
Fort Wayne records for July 5 and 6 are both 99 degrees, set in 1988.
The Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaPorte, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White and Whitley remain under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
The heat index -- how it feels -- is expected to peak near 110 in the afternoon today and Friday and near 100 on Saturday, with overnight heat index readings only falling into the middle 70s.
Some people in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio remain without power due to recent stoms and might be without power through the duration of the heat wave. People without air conditioning in their homes should try to spend at least part of each day in an air-conditioned environment, the weather service said.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Stay in an air-conditioned shelter.
- Stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or late evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke in an emergency; call 911.
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