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Published August 20, 2013, 05:23 PM

Fargo's high temperature taking a toll on those going back to school

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It has been a scorcher today. The temperature climbed to 96 degrees in Fargo. The timing of the heat wave couldn't have been worse for some kids in Fargo.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It has been a scorcher today. The temperature climbed to 96 degrees in Fargo. The timing of the heat wave couldn't have been worse for some kids in Fargo.

Students at Fargo South High School football practice are taking quite a few water breaks today. The past few weeks were cooler than average, but now that August finally heated up, the summer is over. Public pools have just closed and some students are already in school.

On a day that is 90 by noon, water is a welcome relief, but with public pools already closed for the season, kids cooled off closer to home.

Jeffery Dunaisky - Fargo Resident: "You've got to come out here and get them outside. You can't keep them in a house. Without the pools or anything around, it's like, water to cool them off on a 90 degree day, nothing better than that."

While these youngsters splashed around, others didn't have the chance to make the most of the summer heat. Over at Oak Grove, school was already in session. Students say the sun would have been welcome a few weeks ago when they could actually enjoy it.

Kirsten Bokinskie - Oak Grove Junior: "We were out at the lake for a week and a half and it was really cold sometimes. It was alright, but I wish it would have been warmer like it is now."

But at least an air conditioned classroom was a way to escape the heat.

Colter Schoenfish - Oak Grove Junior: "I'm actually kind of glad to be inside, just because it is so warm and so humid. It's kind of cool in here, not having to actually move in class."

From air conditioning to the sprinkler, whatever it takes to stay cool on one of the hottest days of the year...

Dunaisky: "You have to make do with what you can. Have your slip and slide, your sprinkler, whatever out."

Yesterday was the first day in the 90s in five weeks.

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