Coldwater (WTVB) National Weather Service records tell us it was the hottest Fourth of July ever in Coldwater. Yesterday’s high temperature of 101 degrees broke the previous record high for July Fourth of 100 set back in 1911. Near record high readings are expected again today and tomorrow. While the heat was a concern yesterday, it’s more of a concern today as area residents go back to work. Folks were able to lounge around the pool or stick to air conditioning yesterday on the holiday, but today they may be going back to factories without A.C. or outdoor work, and most have never ever had to deal with heat like this. The experts say drink plenty of fluids, and if you begin to feel a little fluish, take a rest, find a cool spot and drink something non-alcoholic, de caffeinated and replenish yourself. So far area emergency rooms have not reported a rush of heat exhaustion or heat stroke cases, but it’s a marathon and it could begin creating victims after the cumulative effects of a few days of this heat take its toll. While we were baking in an oven, parts of Southeast Michigan were pounded by thunderstorms for a second day, and received so much rain that it just ran off triggering flood warnings. There was baseball sized hail in parts of Isabella County. The rain delayed the start of the Tigers game. In Southwest Michigan, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky for the most part. It’s getting to be a familiar and worrisome story, especially for farmers who are seeing their crops stunted by the lack of water, as this freakishly dry period continues.
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