Swimming pools, sprinklers, scooters and ice cream help local residents beat the heat
Jeffrey Smith | AnnArbor.com
Karen Rabeler was happy to stay home and enjoy her swimming pool in Grass Lake.
"We had friends who had a power outage from the Chelsea area visiting us," said Rabeler.
Barb and Russ Hart had to deal with a power outage at their Ann Arbor business on Eisenhower Place in Ann Arbor.
"We used dry ice and fans until the power returned yesterday," said Russ Hart.
The heat is expected top out around 100 degrees today before cooling off somewhat on Sunday.
Steve Worden of Ann Arbor bought a swimming pool last week to combat the heat.
"We put it up in the back yard, and it's helping the kids stay cool and get their energy out," said Worden.
photo by Lisa Carolin | for AnnArbor.com
"We knew what we were getting into here," she said while dipping her feet into a bucket of ice water at the Chelsea Farmers' Market. Her friend Robin Cox was using the same strategy.
"I'm staying hydrated and staying in the shade," added Cox, who was heading to Bishop Lake near Brighton this afternoon.
Her daughter Poppy Cox, 12, has been enjoying another cool pastime: "We set up a sprinkler under our trampoline and then slide across it," she said.
Anna Gerardi and her family are also using their sprinkler and eating a lot of popsicles. 7-year-old Alexander Gerardi says riding his scooter is cooler than walking. "I get fresh air because the wind is blowing at me," he explained.
When asked how she was beating the heat on her bicycle today, Mary Hellner of Chelsea responded, "We're shooting for the shady spots on the street," adding that she didn't realize how hot it was until she started riding.
Paul Blackford and his daughter Natalie Blackford of Dexter decided to take a less strenuous route to beat the heat: They treated themselves to ice cream.