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Extreme Heat

Annie Haigler steps out of her home in Louisville, Ky., pulling a handkerchief out of her pocket to dab sweat off her forehead. She enjoys sitting on her porch, especially to watch the sunrise. She has always been a morning person.

But as the day progresses, the heat can be unbearable for her. On summer days like this, when highs reach into the 90s, the lack of trees in her neighborhood is hard for Haigler to ignore.

"That's what I'm accustomed to trees doing: They bring comfort. You don't notice it, you don't think about it. But they bring comfort to you," she says.

When Shakira Franklin drives from West Baltimore to her job near the city's Inner Harbor, she can feel the summer heat ease up like a fist loosening its grip.

"I can actually feel me riding out of the heat. When I get to a certain place when I'm on my way, I'll turn off my air and I'll roll my windows down," says Franklin. "It just seems like the sun is beaming down on this neighborhood."

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Columbus is one several Ohio school districts with buildings lacking air conditioning.  

 Columbus City Schools are closed today, due to continued high heat and humidity.  

Four Columbus recreation centers will stay open late Tuesday, and another six will offer programming for seniors, to help residents escape extreme heat and humidity.

Columbus City Schools will dismiss students early again today, due to expected extreme heat and humidity. 

Columbus City Schools will close its school buildings early on Tuesday, because of anticipated "extreme heat conditions".

The City of Columbus has extended the operating hours of four recreation centers to provide a place to cool off during the extreme heat.