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July brings on the heat

With scorching summer heat predicted for later this week, Nevada County residents didn’t waste any time finding ways to beat the warming weather on the first weekend of July.

High temperatures in Nevada County are slated to reach the upper 90s by Independence Day, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents flocked to nearby swim spots and took refuge in ice cream parlors to get jump on the heat.



Trucks hauling speed boats – loaded up with wakeboards and skis – lined the parking lot of Safeway in downtown Grass Valley on Sunday as enthusiasts stopped to stock up on cold items for their coolers.

Emily Lopez, 4, of Grass Valley, sat at a table at Baskin-Robbins on West McKnight Way with her parents, Ramon and Ruby, and appeared to thoroughly enjoy her lime daiquiri ice sherbet in a cone.




“It looks like Shrek,” she said, referring to the sherbet’s bright green color and waving her half-eaten scoop for all to see.

Business at the ice cream shop has picked up since mid-June, when the weather started getting hotter, said Baskin-Robbins manager Sydney Lewis.

“It’s definitely been busier,” Lewis said. “At nighttime, parents like to bring their kids in for an after-dinner treat. Elderly couples and big groups come in, too.”

Swimmers and sunbathers lined the rocky edges of popular swimming holes at Edwards Crossing on Sunday afternoon, enjoying the weather in the mid-80s.

It may be their last chance to bask in such perfect weather for a while. The high temperature on the Fourth of July is predicted to reach 97 degrees and is expected to bring more of the same Thursday.

Highs will remain in the 90s through next weekend, according to the National Weather Service Web site at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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