Students returned to the second week of the 18-19 year with July and August-like high heat and humidity.

Despite the real feel of almost 100 degrees at one point on Tuesday, classes and sports throughout the high school remained on schedule.

A handful of local districts had a rare September early dismissal, mostly due to buildings not having any air conditioning at all. Shaler Area Schools and the Pittsburgh Public Schools were among the few locally with two hour delays.

Avonworth’s middle/high school, built in 1970, has chiller units within the classrooms, and the district even left the unit to run overnight once during the first week to help maintain a manageable level of humidity and temperature.

The forecast remains the same for Wed and many of the same schools scheduling early dismissals.

Reporting and photography by Caitie Shields, Bree Nowak, Megan Robibero, Jessie Mellon, Katie Conway, Maggie Pappas and Ellie Ciarimboli

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