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After summer businesses close, people find other ways to cool down

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The folks at South Bend Parks and Recreation were as surprised as everyone else that temperatures were at a record high on September 10.

According to FOX28 Chief Meteorologist John Fischer, the 97 degree mark reached Tuesday is the hottest September 10 in Michiana history. It is also officially the hottest day the region has experienced in 2013.

A relatively cool summer kept big crowds away from their public pools, but Tuesday it was the fact that they were closed.

"This [weather] is something that we could have definitely used back then," said Mark Bradley, South Bend Parks and Recreation.

Every year the pools are locked up after Labor Day.

"Its always a great afterthought thinking how we wish we had the pools open," said Bradley. "But it is what it is."

Thankfully there were other places for cool off, like the splash pads around Michiana, most of which do not close until later this month.

"Most of the big pools are closed, and we were thinking if [the splash park] was closed we were going to go to a lake, like Potato Creek or something," said Cathy White, who took her kids to the splash pad. "But it was water or air conditioning because it is just too stinking hot."

Steve Gillam and his son just happened to be walking by the splash pad Tuesday afternoon. As soon as he felt the sweat started dripping down his forehead, he knew it was time for a quick run through the water.

"It's hot out here man," said Gillam. "We're just trying to make it."

There was one place that was definitely cooler than the splash pad though, the Compton Ice Arena. That's where the Notre Dame Hockey team got to appreciate their super air conditioned facility at practice Tuesday.

"We look forward to coming in the arena when it is like what it is outside today," said Notre Dame Hockey Coach Jeff Jackson. "But we also get the unfortunate task in January of coming in here when its snowing outside."

Coach Jackson says he will take this type of weather while it lasts.  "Listen we had such a bad winter last year, lets enjoy it while we have the heat," said Jackson.

If you would like to take advantage of that cool air conditioning at Compton Ice Arena, they do have public skating from 12:00pm-1:20pm Wednesday.

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