IT'S HOT: First day of fall is hottest of the year in Milwaukee

Posted at 5:49 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 20:48:59-04

With record breaking temperatures, it sure didn't feel like Sept. 22 around Milwaukee. 

"It's the first day of fall but it feels like summer still," said Guy Smith with the Milwaukee County Parks Department. "People are out at Bradford Beach enjoying themselves."

Hundreds of people filled the beaches like it was 4th of July weekend to soak up the sun, sand and surf. 

"It's kind of hot but take your shoes off and get in this water, it's a whole difference," said Deonta Mann of Milwaukee. "They're enjoying it. They're not saying they're hot right now. I'm enjoying it myself."

"I see people with pumpkins out already," said Colleen Gorko of Mequon. "I'm like, what are they thinking? It's summer."

Though it may feel like summer, the beaches won't be staffed like it.

"People need to be mindful, no matter where you are at beaches across the state, lifeguards aren't on duty," Smith said. "You need to look out for yourself and your family. Enjoy yourself, but be responsible."

That goes double for man's best friend. With PetFest this weekend at the Summerfest grounds, they are well prepared to help your four-legged friend beat the heat. 

"Pay attention to how your dog is doing," said Lauren Grimm with Fromm Family Foods. "Make sure they're getting hydrated, stopping at water bowls on the grounds. If you have any questions, we have two vet stations on the north and south ends of the grounds. Just ask a vet tech and they can help you out."

PetFest begins Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and entry is free.

But for late September, fall activities were already scheduled and they're going on whether Mother Nature approves or not. Even if it's Oktoberfest. 

"We're saying, this is the coolest place to be in Waukesha," said Joanna Adamicki, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Waukesha.

They decided to order a large air conditioner for their tent so people can get out of the heat and still enjoy the event.  But, she says people should enjoy it while they can.

"Being outside in Wisconsin in summer, having a beer, I don't think that's a bad thing," Adamicki said.

Oktoberfest in Waukesha at the Frame Park Formal Gardens until 10 p.m. It will start again Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.