Extreme heat engulfs Oakmont

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OAKMONT, Pa. – It’s so hot at Oakmont that even talking is taxing. Jiyai Shin, the No. 3 player in the Rolex Rankings, ended her press conference after one question from the media so that she could get indoors and drink fluids.

Shin, who’d been practicing at Oakmont since 7 a.m., started her press conference about 2:30 p.m., 30 minutes ahead of schedule, because she started feeling ill. I have to give her credit for at least attempting to talk to the media. The interview area is outdoors, and it is blazing hot out here!

The Pittsburgh area is feeling the effects of a heat wave that’s hit the Northeast. At 3 p.m., it’s 90 degrees and extremely humid. The National Weather Service issued a statement advising “extra precautions for hot and humid conditions.” An air quality warning is also in effect.

The high temperature will be 93 for the next two days. Scattered thunderstorms are scheduled to hit the area Friday. The rain won’t just make Oakmont’s firm greens play easier, but will drop the high temperature to 80. Temperatures will stay around that figure for the weekend.

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