4:30 PM EDT, June 28, 2012
While city officials encouraged residents to seek shelter in parks buildings and libraries across Indianapolis, Hoosiers without air conditioners sweltered in this summer's record setting heat.
"It’s too hot for me," said Tammy Wiggins, as she sat on the stoop of an un-air conditioned house in the 1100 block of West 32nd street. "I'm in the house all day today because it’s too hot. Very hot. Drinking a lot of water, keeping the kids juiced up, all that good stuff."
Keeping children cool and out of the midday heat is a challenge.
"I give mine Popsicles and water and send them on their way," said Robin Walker. "When they're hot, they will come in the house, sit down and get a drink, play their games, sit in front of the fan. Then when they cool off, they go back outside and finish playing."
Two doors down, Alphonso Banks also lives in a rental property without an air conditioner. He's keeping four children cool and out of the sun.
"It’s really not bad as long as you keep your lights off, keep your house kind of dark during the day and have fans where it pushes the heat out of the house," said Banks next to a fan while his children watched TV. "If you're going to cook, do it in the evenings after seven. If you don't, you'll roast yourself."
This is probably what Keiauna Smith was thinking, as she brought her family and a box of chicken to a picnic table under a tree in Watkins Park.
"My sister's supposed to bring me an air conditioner because I'm nine months pregnant,” said Smith. “Also we got our fans going right now and we got our ice waters in the box."
Nearby, six-year-old Daline Smith tried riding a new bicycle.
"Today is her birthday," said Keiauna. "We're going to get her to ride a new bike. I said I wanted to get out here early before it got hot to see what she could do."
When the thermometer reached 101 degrees at 1:20 p.m. in Circle Centre, Shannon Pryor fanned herself with a fold-up fan alongside friends.
"Outside I was just burning,” said Pryor. “It was so hot, so we just came in here to walk around trying to keep cool," said Pryor
Central Indiana's spell of record high temperatures is expected to continue through Friday.