Lakeland Is Hottest Place in America; More Summer Weather Expected Today
By Jeremy Maready
Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:02 p.m.
LAKELAND | You didn't have to go far to find the hottest place in America on Thursday, and more summer weather is expected today.
The National Weather Service reported that Lakeland was the hottest place in the continental U.S. on Thursday, reporting a top temperature of 95 degrees, which also broke the 1984 record for the day of 91 degrees.
The warm, dry weather will continue today, with temperatures in the 90s carrying the potential to break more records.
Temperatures are expected to reach 92 degrees in Lakeland and 91 degrees in Winter Haven, according to Bay News 9.
Temperatures in Bartow reached 92 degrees Thursday, causing some people at the city's annual Halloween parade to seek help for heat sickness. A dozen Summerlin Academy ROTC students were taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center after marching in the parade, Bartow police said.
After the parade, 11 of the students complaining of heat exhaustion were taken to the hospital and another attending the Halloween carnival was also taken for medical treatment, Police Chief Joe Hall said.
Four other people were treated at the carnival for heat exhaustion, including Bartow City Commissioner Wayne Lewis, who had been working the Bartow High School band booth, Hall said.
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