Mercury hits 100!

We are having an afternoon like we have not seen in a long time. The mercury hit 100 degrees in South Bend.

You have to turn the calendar back nearly 13 years to July 30, 1999 when people in South Bend saw temperatures reach 100 degrees. The last time we saw 100 in June was way back in 1988 when the temp was 104 on the 25th of the month.

The temp climbed as high as 102 in Goshen. Not too far away in Fort Wayne, it reached a sultry 103.

According to WSBT meteorologist Cari Peugeot, South Bend’s all-time warmest June temperature is 106, but that occurred on June 1, 1934. Only ten other days in recorded history has the mercury reached the 100 degree mark. All were in 1933, 1934, 1953 and 1988.

If you think this is an extremely hot June, you’re right, but the month is far from the record. June 1933 had 21 days of at least 90 degree weather. So far in June 2012, counting today, we've had 9 days of 90-plus temps.  

If our forecast for the rest of June is correct, there will only be 11 total days at 90+, which is about half of what the record June was.



This Saturday's fireworks at St. Patrick's County Park in South Bend have been postponed. That word Thursday afternoon from Clay Fire Territory Fire Chief John Vance. Vance says legally, he can only postpone them, not cancel them, due to the laws on the books.

Vance says the fireworks are off unless we get a significant amount of rainfall between now and Saturday night, but that's doubtful. No new date has been set.

The South Bend Symphony is scheduled to perform its July 4th patriotic show at St. Patrick's Park Saturday, which was to include fireworks.


The heat is only making the dry conditions worse, and WSBT learned on Thursday Elkhart’s 4th of July fireworks show at Rice Field has been canceled because of the drought. And Mayor Dick Moore is asking Elkhart residents not to fire off their own fireworks.

In a written news release, Moore said he feels a ban on the use of fireworks is in the best interest of the people of Elkhart during these extreme drought conditions. He says legal research initiatives shows no local official has the authority to order a ban. "Common sense must prevail and the best common sense is to not use personal fireworks at all," said Moore.

The annual fireworks show in Goshen at the Black Squirrel Golf Course has also been called off, for now. The 23rd annual Celebrate America Patriotic Program and Fireworks was scheduled for Sunday, July 1. Celebrate America President Rev. Gregg Lanzen says organizers were concerned about the potential for heat-induced illnesses for some of the attendees. The show many be rescheduled for a later date, but no date has been decided.



Heat stroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion become a lot more common when temperatures reach near 100 degrees.

Young children and the elderly are most at risk today, especially people who have diabetes or hypertension, because the medications they are on make them more sensitive.

Remember, you need to drink a lot of water, even if you are not thirsty.

“It takes about two weeks to get adjusted to heat,” said St. Joseph Regional Medical Center physician Dr. Tom Sweeney. “So for example, troops headed into Iraq spend two weeks in Kuwait, because it takes that long to adjust. So, when you have a heatwave for a couple of days, you don’t have time to adjust physiologically, so that is part of the problem.”


Here are some things to keep in mind today:

  • Stay hydrated and wear cool, light-colored clothing to help maintain normal body temperatures
  • Beware of medications that can increase risks like blood pressure medication
  • Remember to check on friends and family
  • Signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration include weakness, nausea, heavy sweating, and a rapid pulse.


Cooling Centers 

In South Bend, one is set up for seniors at Inwood Hills Estates on South Ironwood.

In Mishawaka, you can visit the Battell Community Center at 904 N. Main St., which has been set up as a cooling center.

Elkhart has set up two cooling centers - at the New York Central Railroad Museum on South Main Street and the YMCA of Elkhart County in the Healthy Living Center.

Also, Thursday afternoon in Goshen until 4 p.m., admission to the Shanklin Park swimming pool is free. 


1st Baptist Church - Elkhart is canceling tonight's "Woodland Trails Summer Prediction Runs" due to extreme heat.


Remember, in heat like this, keep pets inside if you can and make sure they have plenty of water. Also, do not leave them in a car for any reason.