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Weather bugs monitor temperatures for horse safety

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A new experiment is underway in the City of Charleston- to make sure the horses that guide the carriages downtown are not over-heating.

Right now, a code is in place that mandates the horses be taken off the streets when the temperature outside reaches 98 degrees.

There will be a 90-day trial, where two extra weather bugs will be set up around the city.  After the trial, the city will present its findings to the tourism commission, as well as veterinarians, who will make recommendations for changes to the current code if deemed necessary.

Director of Tourism for the City of Charleston, Vanessa Turner Maybank, said, "I think our information technology people have done a great job in working with the weather bugs for a system that's going to give us great information."

The city began monitoring the temperatures last week. Those weather bugs are at Calhoun Street, Dock Street theater, and the Doubletree Hotel.

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