Heat increases caution levels

A few of the 8th grade Wapakoneta Redskins grab a quick drink during the team's game on Tuesday afternoon at Harmon Field. Temperatures peaked at over 90 degrees, leading to a few extra precautions, including extra water abreaks throughout the game.
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A Labor Day heatwave saw temperatures touch 90 degrees over the weekend, and it isn't set to let up until later this week, according to Troy Anderson of the Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency.

But the steamy temperatures have already had far-reaching effects, even forcing school districts in Sidney, Tipp City, and several other Ohio cities, according to WHIO Dayton, to release students early on Tuesday.

Luckily, Wapakoneta City Schools are all equipped with air conditioning, and have yet to adjust the academic schedule due to the heat.

But some of the fall sports squads haven't been so lucky.

Brad Rex, the Wapakoneta City Schools athletic director, says that the high temperatures have forced coaches and their teams to adjust their practice schedules for the safety of the student-athletes.

"Heat related illness is a big issue for us. What we've found is that kids don't drink enough water on their own," Rex said. "What we do is modify schedules and put in more water breaks for the kids. We take precautions and we'll move practices to different times. For example, tonight's cross country practice was moved to 7:00 this evening instead of 3:30."

Tuesday night's 8th grade football game at Harmon Field was also...

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