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High school football teams bracing for scorching temperatures

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The sizzling summer temperatures can be dangerous for athletes trying to stay cool.

As temperatures got into the upper 90s Tuesday, coaches and trainers at Western High School in Louisville were looking for signs of heat exhaustion at football practice.

“It’s critical to get their body temperature back down, and the faster we can do that, the better off the kid obviously will be,” said John Handley, the team’s trainer.

The team took additional water breaks and wore less gear to stay cool.

“We’ve had to make restrictions," Head Coach Preston King said. "Take helmets off. Wait for the heat index."

Handley checks the heat index every 20 to 30 minutes. If its hits 105 degrees, the team will not hold any outside practices or games.

WDRB Chief Meteorologist Marc Weinberg said temperatures in Louisville at the end of the week could be the hottest they have been in five years.

“In 2012, we saw a number of days where we went above 100 degrees," he said. "Since that year, we haven’t done that. In fact, the hottest we’ve been since 2012 was 97 degrees.”

King said they will not be taking any chances and will cancel practice if necessary.

Teams can practice indoors when the heat index is too high but only in air-conditioned gyms.

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