ELKHORN — The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for some southeastern Wisconsin inland counties, including Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties. The NWS says additional counties may be upgraded from a heat advisory to the excessive heat warning should the lake breeze become less active. In Walworth County Tuesday, July 3rd, the key for most was finding a way to beat the heat!
Lizzy Douglas opened the only public pool in Walworth County in Elkhorn, where she was hoping for a good response Tuesday. It seemed Mother Nature cooperated, as many sought a dip in the water to escape from the extreme heat.
For Peggy Opper and her grandkids, the refreshing feeling of the pool’s cool water was so much more enjoyable than other options.
“The kids like the water, the grandchildren like the water and we enjoy coming to the pool. It`s better than air conditioning because you`re out in the sun,” Opper said.
Douglas smiled as she managed a pool filled with kids Tuesday afternoon.
“The kids are just great. Sometimes you’ll have those little stinkers, but without them I don’t know what the day would bring. It would be boring,” Douglas said.
Others took to the air-conditioned Matheson Memorial Library to find some solace from the heat and sun.
“A lot of times there’s people standing at the door waiting for us to open in the morning and they are coming in all day long. We see parents bringing small children in strollers, we see elderly people and a lot of unemployed people do make this their place of choice to come to come to. It’s a good feeling and we are happy to provide a welcoming place for people to come to,” Library Director Lisa Selje said.
Officials in Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties don’t have cooling centers open yet, but suggest people utilize the pools, libraries or any public building if they need a cool place. They also suggest taking cool showers and staying hydrated.
The excessive heat warning goes until Friday, July 6th at 10:00 p.m.