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Published August 26, 2013, 08:47 AM

Hot weather affects schools in the Dakotas

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hot weather is prompting some schools in the Dakotas to close early or shut down.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hot weather is prompting some schools in the Dakotas to close early or shut down.

The National Weather Service has forecast temperatures mainly in the 90s for the week. Heat advisories were posted for some areas in both states.

Several schools in northern South Dakota were closing shortly after mid-day Monday, according to the American News in Aberdeen.

In North Dakota, classes were canceled through Wednesday at five elementary schools in Fargo that are not fully air-conditioned. Temperatures inside the buildings on Sunday ranged from 85 degrees to 90 degrees, according to Fargo Schools Superintendent Jeff Schatz.

"The biggest thing is the evening temps are not falling below 70 or the high 60s," he told The Forum newspaper. "The schools just don't get the chance to cool down."

School officials in North Dakota's largest city will evaluate the temperature situation Wednesday to determine whether additional cancellations are prudent, he said.

"We're always going to err on the side of safety for our students and our staff," Schatz said. "The quality of education that goes on when it's warm just isn't what we'd like to see."

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