From a harsh winter to a sweltering summer

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – February 11 of this year. That day it was -16 degrees.

“We live in the part of the world where we have these huge temperature swings,” said Kevin Orpurt, Storm Team 10 meteorologist.

After an extra harsh winter, we’re embracing the heat of the summer.

But in less than four months time, temps escalated to almost 90 this week.

“In the span of four months, we’ve had a swing of 106 degrees, so we can go from one extreme to the other in just a matter of months,” said Orpurt.

It’s something we stress every year. But that doesn’t make it any less important.

Both extreme temperatures can be quite dangerous.

“Temperature extremes, whether it be well below zero or in the nineties, each brings along their own set of circumstances which can be quite dangerous. That’s why we always advise people to be safe and aware of their outside conditions,” said Orpurt.

Most susceptible to the heat are senior citizens, young children, and animals.

A scary example is leaving your child or pet in a hot car.

“We’ll stop by stores and a lot of times people will think they’ll only be in for a few minutes. They’ll go inside, get distracted and before they know it the car’s overheated to a dangerous level,” said Chief Deputy Clark Cottom.

This can also lead to extreme measures, including getting the police involved.

“A pet owner can be cited, if an animals left in a vehicle. It can be animal cruelty. They could actually be arrested for that,” said Chief Deputy Cottom.

Or death.

“There is no scenario where it’s ok to leave a child in the car. It’s extremely dangerous. A child can pass out from the heat. Recently, we had a child die from the heat,” said Chief Deputy Cottom.

Water, rest and shade are the keys to beating the heat. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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