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June brings summer heat to town
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Grant and Riley Wellman enjoy cooling off Monday afternoon at the Broadway Park water feature (CANDY PADILLA/The Journal).

While it seems like spring just began a week ago, triple-digit summer heat has already arrived. The temperature in the Turlock area is forecasted to reach the century mark on Wednesday.

The heat isn’t expected to last long for this week. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures to drop back into the 80s on Thursday and through weekend. Those cooling winds, however, could bring fire concerns across portions of the Valley and foothills.

Don’t get used to springtime weather again, because temperatures are expected to rise over 100 degrees by next Tuesday.

Families looking to cool off in the intermittent summer heat can visit one of Turlock’s spray parks or community pools.

Turlock has two water spray areas — one at Broadway Park, 501 N. Broadway, and at Columbia Park, 600 Columbia St. The parks are open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday. Starting June 10 through Aug. 11, the parks will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. From Aug. 16 through Sept. 2, the water parks will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday only.

Entrance to the water spray parks is free.

Recreation swim is offered to the public at three pools in Turlock.

Columbia Pool, located at Columbia Park next to the water spray area, is open from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday starting June 9 through Aug. 25.

Public swim hours at the Pitman High School Pool, 2525 Christoffersen Parkway, are available from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday only. The Pitman pool opens June 10 and runs through July 18.

Public swim hours at the Turlock High Pool, 1600 E. Canal Drive, are available from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 10 through July 18.

Entry fees to the pools are $3 for 18 years and older and $1 for 17 and younger. Children must be at least 8 years old to enter without an adult.