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Hydroplane drivers say hot temperatures hurt motors

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--Hydroplane drivers say hot temperatures hurt motors. The weather plays a huge factor in how the boats run in the water.

If it gets too warm the high heat can damage boat engines and slows them down.

Boat Racer J.W. Myers says "throughout the day the boat speeds tend to drop off a little bit. The morning qualifying and testing session boats are usually two to four miles per hour difference in speed from the morning runs, than the afternoon runs."

In the past temperatures have reached as high as 110 degrees but this year temperatures remained in the mid to low 90s.

If it gets too hot the fiberglass on the boats could become damaged and fall off.