Getting out of school early for a heat wave?
That scenario has some people scratching their heads. But it happened at many schools this week.
“I don’t remember getting out due to heat, but I remember plenty of snow days,” a man wrote on Sauk Valley Media’s Facebook page.
That may be because although it’s summer, late August usually doesn’t see temperatures hovering in the 90s. For instance, the average high is in the low 80s on Aug. 28, according to the National Weather Service.
On Wednesday, the high was 93 degrees in Sterling. The heat index was 104 degrees, which is the combined effects of temperature and humidity. As a result, area schools let out an hour or two early most days this week.
This latest heat wave followed a month with abnormally low temperatures for the summer. The area saw only one period – July 15 to 19 – with heat indices above 100, the National Weather Service reported. Usually, the area experiences such conditions for longer stretches.
One commenter on SVM’s Facebook page called Dixon High School “ridiculously hot” on Tuesday. Another said her children told her their classrooms were 99 degrees; she didn’t say which school.
Yet another commenter said she saw a cross country team running on the streets after an early dismissal from school.
“I saw them running across a [store’s] parking lot, and each and every one of them looked like they were going to pass out,” she said.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s through the weekend. By next week, the highs will dip to the low 80s.