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People try to find ways to beat the heat in Santa Maria

The heat all day long Tuesday was definitely on in Santa Maria.

“It’s pretty hot,” said Alexander DiCarlo. “It’s early for it to be this warm. I’m already sweating pretty bad.”

The Atascadero resident spent part of his morning at Waller Park, where he enjoyed the playground with his young daughter.

As temperatures soared into the mid-90’s before noon, DiCarlo had a plan to cool off.

“We’re going to take this little one to McDonalds to get an ice cream where there’s air conditioning and a playhouse,” DiCarlo said.

Throughout the day, people did whatever they could to stay away from the scorching temperatures, which reached as high at 100 degrees.

“Right now it’s pretty hot,” said Adrian Martinez. “It’s lazy hot.”

Martinez, along with a friend, sought a little bit of relief at Cha 101 boba shop in Santa Maria.

“It’s relaxing,” said Martinez. “Anything cold right now is nice.”

With a heat advisory in effect all day long, one very popular place to be was the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center.

“When I pulled in, it said 97 degrees,” said Rick Rojas of Nipomo. “I said, great, jumped in the pool as fast as I can.”

Rojas said he typically spends four to five days at the pool, but on Tuesday, his time in the water was especially refreshing.

“There’s nothing like it,” said Rojas. “The best feeling in the world, cool you off. It’s cool.”

Nikki Uvalle of Nipomo and her family also spent time at the pool.

“This heat is unbearable and it’s very hard to get through the day,” said Uvalle.

Fortunately, she found some relief during her time in the water.

“Beautiful,” said Uvalle. “It’s really nice when you’re in the pool, but once you get out, you need to find some shade.”

With a nice breeze blowing during the early afternoon, Uvalle and her son Bobby found a shaded place and simply enjoyed the afternoon.

“Poolside in the shade, you just can’t beat it,” said Uvalle. “It’s wonderful.”

Uvalle added she is looking ahead to the weekend, when the heat is forecast to make way for more seasonable temperatures.

“We are definitely looking forward to cooler weather,” said Uvalle.

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