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On a warm Tuesday afternoon, Weston Weber sat on a shaded bench next to Middleton's Splash Pad while his daughter ran through the fountains that brought scores of kids, parents and day camp counselors to Lakeview Park.

If they want to cool down, Weber said, the park is their destination "90 percent of the time."

And with temperatures predicted to climb into the 90s Wednesday and stay there through the weekend, plenty of families will soon follow Weber to the Splash Pad trying to beat the heat.

Wednesday's predicted high of 93 will mark the start of a hot stretch of weather, with a heat index that could climb past 100 on humid days like Thursday.

In response to the heat, local governments are encouraging those who do not have air conditioning, especially the elderly, to find somewhere that does.

Dane County recommended visiting local libraries and senior centers to cool off. The American Red Cross said people should keep in mind their neighbors who might be elderly or sick and check on them regularly.

People in Madison can find relief from the heat in malls, the city said, or at places like the Cypress Spray Park on Magnolia Lane, Goodman Pool on Olin Avenue and nearby beaches.

Middleton Public Lands Manager Penni Klein estimated more than 100 people would visit Lakeview Park's Splash Pad, playground and shelters Wednesday.

In Fitchburg, some residents hope they can look forward to a similar option on hot days. At Tuesday's City Council meeting, council members held a public hearing on a proposed Splash Pad in McKee Farms Park.

Fitchburg Optimist Club President Joan Mohr said if the group gets the funding it, the Splash Pad could be up and running next June.

But if it was open this week?

"It would be packed," Mohr said.

The warm weather continues a trend that started with an exceptionally mild spring and has continued through this dry June.

The past few months have meant bad conditions for mosquitoes, whose populations are "as low as you can get," said UW-Madison entomologist Phil Pellitteri.

"This is not natural," he said. "It's natural to be chased into the house at dusk."

There is some chance for rain — Weather Central predicts a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday and a 40 percent chance Saturday.

But the area will likely stay dry and hot for some time, meaning people will keep flocking to places like Middleton's Splash Pad.

Back under one of the park's overhangs Tuesday afternoon, JoAnn Marshall watched her two grandchildren run around the playground near the splashing water. Marshall said she will probably stay in her Arena home with the air conditioning Wednesday, while her grandsons could swim at their local pool in Cross Plains.

For now, though, they were making the most of the weather before it gets too hot.

"I'm going back," 8-year-old Ethan proclaimed to his grandmother before running to the Splash Pad. "And I'm coming back soaked!"

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