Ohioans Beat Heat At Golf Courses, Ice Cream Stands

CLEVELAND - Another day of summer-like temperatures around Ohio made for long waits Tuesday at ice cream stands and golf courses.

Just about the only summer places not crowded were the Lake Erie beaches.

"The water is still freezing so nobody's swimming," said Jim Brower, park manager at Maumee Bay State Park near Toledo. "Everybody comes out and thinks it's June, and thinks there should be lifeguards in the chair."

There still were plenty of people golfing, hiking and walking along the beach at the park as temperatures reached into the mid-80s.

"Everyone's coming out of hibernation," he said.

Northeast Ohio broke two 106-year-old records by one degree each, with highs of 84 degrees at Akron-Canton Regional Airport and 85 in Cleveland.

Record high temperatures also were recorded in Mansfield (84), Toledo (88) and Youngstown (85). Findlay tied its record of 82, set in 1976, the same year as several other records for the day.

Scott Hickman, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, said typical warmth from the south is colliding with above-average temperatures in the north to create Ohio's heat wave.

Hickman said temperatures in the mid to upper 60s are normal for this time of year.

"We're getting spoiled," he said.

Businessmen and women ate their lunches in a sun-splashed park along the Great Miami River near downtown Dayton.

Gerri Burell, who works at a nearby bank, enjoyed a salad.

"I'm sweating. It's a little bit too warm," said Burell, 40.

Her co-worker, Linda Johnson, disagreed.

"It's perfect. I like this kind of weather," said Johnson, 43. "I'm ready for warm weather. You can get out and do more."

Toft's Dairy and its ice cream parlor with 58 flavors was a popular place in Sandusky.

"The lines were to the door and we're short staffed," said Christine Jones, a manager. "Everybody has on shorts, tank tops and bathing suits."

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