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Record breaking heat hits Wichita Tuesday after shattering the record on Sunday.

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WICHITA, Kan. -- No question about it. It's hot outside. But that's not keeping people from taking part in outdoor activities.

The Sedgwick County Zoo was packed with visitors today including hundreds of school kids on field trips. Many of them took rest breaks in front of fans put out by the Zoo.

The kids seemed to handle the heat with help from adults. "Well we've tried to keep the kinds in the shade as much as possible and lost of fluids", said Joyce Frederiksen from All Saints School. "We've got lots of water and coolers in the gazebo so we try to get lots of water breaks and get them in the shade as much as possible." Added Stephanie Lane from Seltzer Elementary, "Well we brought lots of water, we're sitting in the shade, taking in some breeze, but of course having a good time."

The animals seem to know what to do. Most of the tigers slept in the shade. "And of course we always make sure they have fresh water, turn on the sprinklers for them, and a lot of them enjoy pools and that sort of thing", said the Zoo's Melissa Graham.

Many are asking is summer arriving early with record breaking triple digit temperatures on Sunday and a record breaking Tuesday as well.
KAKE News meteorologist Ben Pringle said, "No that does not necessarily mean that we're heading for an early summer. Of course we are going to have cooler temperatures already headed our way for the end of this week."

We should have highs in the 70's in a few days which is normal for this time of year.

As for those power outages Sunday and Monday morning, a Westar Energy spokesman said the issues have been resolved with new equipment installed to handle the higher energy load. He added that customers can help by keeping their thermostat set to 78 degrees to conserve energy.


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