Solano County

Heat sends Fairfield’s folks to the water

By From page A3 | June 09, 2014

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Hawk Maua, left, holds his son, Hawk, Jr., 2, under a stream of water at the Aquatics Complex at Allan Witt Park in Fairfield, Sunday. The pool was crowded as temperatures reached triple digits in Solano County this weekend. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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.

“It has water, and kids get to have cups and all that stuff,” said Erica, explaining that the children could put water in buckets and pour it over each other’s heads. “We get to play in the water and we get to sit in the water.”

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.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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