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Wisconsinites hit the beach for potentially hottest week of the year

Posted at 12:36 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 13:56:32-04

With temperatures soaring into the 90s this week, it could very well be the hottest week of the year.

But Wisconsinites are soaking it up while they can.

"There are a lot of people here during the day," Paula Heimerl said at Bradford Beach. "It's good in the morning to come and cool off a bit."

Heimerl took time to chat between throwing a stick in the water for her dog, Dexter. While the "dog days" of summer don't start until August, Dexter found the perfect way to cool off. Soaked snout to tail, he repeatedly ran into the lake to get a stick.

"He loves it," Heimerl said. "[I've thrown it] probably 200 times by now. I'm not even joking."

Nearby, other people chose to work like dogs, working out at boot camp style gym class.

"They just jones to get outside," Catherine Anderson of Achieve Personal Fitness said. "They're just so excited we're out here nice and early. The weather is nice and we can do outdoor workouts."

Anderson's "campers" are glistening in the morning sunshine. They would work up a similar sweat in the gym, but the outdoors brings the best out of them.

"It's the best thing to get outside in the summertime," Stacy Hegg of Shorewood said. "Enjoy the lake and the sunrise and the fresh air. It's great."

Others are taking it easy and getting in beach mode.

"I just want to chill man," Alexis Smith of Milwaukee said. "I don't get to do this a lot. I don't get to treat myself."