Triple-digits send many to the pool

09/03/2012 5:00 AM

10/09/2013 2:53 PM

Monday was the final day of the season for many area swimming pools and water parks, and it was a busy day thanks to triple-digit temperatures.

Kim Tinius, who lives in Derby, said she took her family to the South YMCA and Farha Sport Center because Rock River Rapids in Derby was already closed for the season.

“We were looking around for a place to go because we heard it was supposed to be a thousand degrees today,” she said.

Temperatures in Wichita on Monday reached 105 degrees, just shy of the record high for the date – 108 degrees – set in 1947. It was the 36th time this year Wichita has reached 100 degrees.

James Watson, aquatics director for the South YMCA, said the water park has been busier this summer than most, averaging between 700 and 800 customers a day but seeing as many as 1,200 on busy days.

According to the National Weather Service, Tuesday’s high is expected to reach 100 degrees. Forecasts call for possible thunderstorms Wednesday and a cool-down to highs in the mid-80s later this week.

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