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As temperatures rise, GHSA policy mandates outdoor practice conditions for player safety
Chestatee football
Chestatee football practice Wednesday in Gainesville. Photo by Bill Murphy

On Monday, high school football programs across Hall County kicked off practice in earnest. 

And it was hot. 

Later this week, it will only get hotter. By Thursday, expected highs will be in the upper 90s with the heat index well above 100. 

Gainesville High coach Heath Webb mentioned after Day 1 of practice that in his 12 years as a head coach, he doesn't recall ever having to cancel a practice, due to the heat. 

This week's scorching temperatures might change that. With school not in session, many programs are opting for morning practice. 

Even Tuesday morning, it was 80 degrees by 10 a.m.

The Georgia High School Association uses a scientifically-approved method called the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature to regularly gauge conditions for outdoors activities. 

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