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Temperatures Soar, Shelters Respond

By Roderick McClain

Wilmington, NC –

As the week brought record high temperatures to the Cape Fear region, heat indexes rose well into the triple digits. WHQR's Roderick McClain reports that local shelters and soup kitchens operated under heightened awareness.

When summer temperatures skyrocket, the Good Shepherd Center enters white flag mode, which means the shelter relaxes policy to make space for those seeking solace from the heat. Executive Director Katrina Knight says dehydration is a concern for everyone right now, especially those who may need to walk longer distances in search of food and shelter.

"We haven't seen an inundation of new folks, but I would say over just the last couple of days maybe about ten new faces in the evening, you know, folks who weren't coming into the shelter."

Area thermometers hit their highest readings since 1999, with temperatures as high as 102. Next week's forecast calls for several ninety-plus days.

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