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Residents try to stay cool as weekend heat soars

July 21, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

Marlene Gustafson pours water on her head during a 2018 heat wave in Butler County.

Jeff Swackhammer spent Saturday morning doing some yard work, unbothered by the heat advisory covering the region.

“It was totally fine,” Swackhammer said.

But then, as the weekend continued, the dreaded warmth arrived in earnest. By Sunday afternoon, when the Mars man hosted a company picnic for Swack Business Group, he was up to his eyes in sweat.

“It was very hot,” he said. “Mid to low 90s. We handed out water balloons and misters. Eventually, I had to run to the store and get double the water and ice we planned on.”

Swackhammer's weekend was likely a common weather story for other Butler County residents. While county heat indexes met the warned-of levels by 4 p.m. Saturday, the day's beginning brought unexpected cloud cover that dampened the feared weather.

Read more in Monday's Butler Eagle.