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The Ketchum City Council this week passed an ordinance authorizing police to break into cars to rescue pets endangered by high temperatures. It may be the only city ordinance of its kind in Idaho. That could be because most law enforcement agencies don’t think it’s necessary.

Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea says even though his city doesn't have a specific ordinance on it, his officers have the authority to break into a car to rescue an overheated animal.

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Boise and surrounding cities could break a record Tuesday, but keep a rain slicker handy for the storm moving in Wednesday night.

“Today we’re going for a high of 71, the record high for today is 73 in Boise, so it’s going to be close,” says National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Groenert.

Normally this time of year would see highs around 53 degrees.

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UPDATED: The National Weather Service reports Boise hit 110 degrees shortly after 4:00 p.m. Monday.  Since record keeping began, the highest temperature ever recorded in Boise is 111. Monday's high broke the previous record by a whopping six degrees.

If you thought it was warmer than usual Monday, you were right. Valerie Mills with the National Weather Service says Boise was nearly 20 degrees above average.

“The high temperature at the Boise airport today hit 108 degrees, and that was at 3:05 PM. That’s a new record for today but," she adds,  "not quite as hot as we were July the 19th of 1960 when we hit 111 degrees. That’s our all-time record high for Boise.”