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People in Michiana looking to cool down during hot summer days


Nearly the first thought on everyone's mind when they stepped outside in Michiana Monday was "Wow is it hot!"

With temperatures in the 90's and with high humidity many people in Michiana were trying to do what they could to beat the heat.

"It's extremely hot," said Brandon Sharpe, a South Bend resident.

It was so hot Monday, Sharpe knew it was the perfect time to take his kids to the Potowatami Park Splash Pad where they could cool off. By the time he got to the park though, Brandon said he envied his kids a bit.

Sharpe was not the only one who thought about brining the kids to the splash pad. Many people at the park said it was their first trip here since last summer.

"It was in the 100's for about couple of weeks last summer," said Dido Echeverria, who took her grandchildren to the park. "This was the first day that it was nice enough to bring them here where they won't get cold. They're having a good time."

Not everyone was enjoying their time in the sun. Mark Bennett not only had to stand in the humidity for five hours Monday afternoon selling hot dogs, but when it gets this hot, he says business isn't great.

"Business is slower when its really hot. I sell more drinks, but less food," said Bennett.

There are businesses who appreciate the heat, like Ritter's Frozen Custard Stand in Mishawaka. Family's like the Kelley's flock to the custard store when the temperature spikes.

"My ice cream is screaming over here," said Chris Kelley, with his custard melting from the heat. "They got the drip factor up and I'm definitely racing this drip down my cone."

Kelley and a lot of other people agreed on one thing, it is better to be eating ice cream when it's hot, then driving through the ice during the winter.

"Enjoy it while it lasts because it's going to get cold (laughs)," said Kelley.

FOX28's John Fischer recommends drinking lots of water during hot summer days. He also says it is important to never leave your kids or pets in the car, even with the windows rolled down.

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