People head to pools to cool off from summer heat wave

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WASHINGTON, Ill. — People in Washington are making a splash this weekend at the Washington Park pool.

The sound of a lifeguard’s whistle marks the official sound of summer at the pool.

As a heat wave continues to hit central Illinois, people are looking for ways to cool off.

“We’ve been really busy,” said Adam Mattus, the assistant pool manager.

The Washington Park pool was packed on Saturday.

“The heat index has been over 100 plus every day so it’s been very crowded the last couple of days,” said lifeguard Benn Jane.

And people in town agree, there’s no better way to beat the heat.

“I had a guest come up to me earlier and say there’s no place you could be on a day like today. when its 95 degrees and sunny,” said Jane.

With temperatures outside in the 90s, the pool manager says the water is around a cool 80 degrees.

“The temperatures going up, so is the amount of people coming. I mean, every day, more and more people are coming in this heat wave…they’re just flocking to the oasis,” said lifeguard Anthony Williams.

As the pool crowd grows, lifeguards are taking extra precautions.

“We’ve had to take breaks pretty much every hour because the lifeguards get too hot,” said Jane.

Normally, they’d work two hours and then take a 10 minute break.

“The heat is too much,” says Jane.

The pool is open for just a few more weeks of summer and staff expects it will stay busy.

“I think its just a good way to cool off, spend time with your family,” said Mattus.

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