FAIRFIELD — A lack of wind made for the warmest day of the year Sunday, forcing locals to find relief from 100-degree heat nearly two weeks before summer starts.
Fairfield resident Don Saur knew it was going to be hot, so his family decided to visit the Aquatics Complex at Allan Witt Park for the first time. The city-owned facility features a kid-friendly natatorium, two water slides and a children’s pool known as Playland Lagoon.
“We’ve been living in Fairfield for about two years and always passed by but never checked it out . . . ” he said. “It’s awesome – I didn’t know we had something like this in Fairfield.”
Saur’s 3-year-old daughter, Kaylen, let her imagination flow while she played on the watery playground.
“The slide is like a mermaid, and I swim like a mermaid,” she said.
Pool manager Arthur Jackson said there were more than 300 people at the complex in the afternoon – easily the most the facility has seen at one time this season.
“That’s pretty profound,” he said.
But others chose another – free – option at the downtown Government Center, where a circle of water fountains shoot from the ground.
“I think it’s fun, and it’s awesome for kids to go,” said 7-year-old Erica Carter, who kept her hair dry under a plastic bag while she played on the splash pad.
Afternoon temperatures hovered between 95 and 100 degrees with a high of more than 100 expected about 4 p.m., said Mike Pechner of Golden West Meteorology.
“We have two days of summer-like heat, Sunday and Monday, before the pendulum swings back the other way for cooler temperatures the remainder of the week,” he said. “Temperatures will cool once again as the marine layer deepens.”
When the wind returns next week, temperatures should drop about 10 to 15 degrees, settling back into the 80s, Pechner said.
“The Delta breezes will increase starting Tuesday for cooler weather,” he said.
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