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A patron waits at the top of the water slide while Jacob Shenk, 6, slides down at the Pierre Moran Pool to cope with the high temperatures Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Truth Photo by Julia Moss) (AP)

Angel Moore, 9, goes down the water slide at the Pierre Moran Pool to cope with the high temperatures Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Truth Photo by Julia Moss) (AP)

Patrons swim in the deep end of the pool at the Pierre Moran Pool to cope with the high temperatures Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Truth Photo by Julia Moss) (AP)

(Left to right) Sarah, Micah, and Tammy Smith sit in the shallow end of the pool and talk while children play around them at the Pierre Moran Pool to cope with the high temperatures Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Truth Photo by Julia Moss) (AP)

Patrons wait at the top of the water slide at the Pierre Moran Pool in Elkhart to cope with the high temperatures Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Truth Photo by Julia Moss) (AP)
Hot weather is here to stay this week

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 16, 2013 at 6:14 p.m.

As temperatures reached the 90s on Monday and Tuesday, Flavor Freeze in Dunlap has had a particular treat in high demand.

Milkshakes are hot, said Cristina Alba, general manager.

“They’re easy to take and they don’t melt as fast,” Alba said.

Alba said business has been steady this week as the weather has been hot and humid. Many people come for ice cream in the afternoon after going swimming.

Luckily for Flavor Freeze, the hot weather is expected to stick around until the end of the week.

On Wednesday, temperatures will reach 92 degrees with a heat index value as high as 100, according to AccuWeather.

Due to the hot weather conditions, Elkhart and St. Joseph counties have declared Wednesday as an air quality action day. Residents are encouraged to reduce motor vehicle emissions that can contribute to the formation of ozone. To do this you may:

Ÿ Bike, walk, carpool or take the bus.

Ÿ Perform regular vehicle maintenance.

Ÿ Conserve fuel by combining trips.

Ÿ Refuel your car in the evening.

Ÿ Reduce engine idling time.

Arvis Dawson, assistant to the mayor, said the city is watching weather conditions and will announce if the city’s cooling centers will be opened.

The cooling centers are typically opened following requests from the community.

Thursday and Friday will see similar weather to Wednesday, with highs near 92 and 93 degrees. Both days will hold a high heat index and little wind.

Relief will come in the weekend, with Saturday seeing a high of 83 degrees and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunday is expected to be 80 degrees and sunny.

Until the heat leaves, residents may want to camp near the air conditioning or pool side.

On Tuesday at Ox Bow County Park, Chris Miles was spending the afternoon with her daughter, Courtney, 9, and her friend, Lanie Rice, 11.

The trio was switching between a shaded picnic bench and the playground. Miles said her family cooled off this week by running in the sprinkler and swimming.

“This summer we’ve asked, ‘Where’s the heat?’” Miles said. “Well, now it’s here.”

Truth reporter Dan Spalding contributed to this report.

Editor's note: An earlier version of the photo captions misidentified the pool pictured. The pool is Pierre Moran Pool in Elkhart.