ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Stateline saw temperatures up to 94 degrees Friday and heat indices even higher and 13 WREX checked in with how people are beating the heat.
Dari Ripple in Belvidere was steadily busy all day Friday as the heat index rose to 112-degrees. The local favorite has been open since the 1950s and serves special flavors like play dough, ice cream birthday cake and even pup cups for dogs.
Ice cream was a popular choice across the Stateline and Rockford Police wanted to make sure everyone who wanted a cool treat got one. An ice cream truck from Coley’s Coolers traveled to all three district police
stations with a variety of frozen sweets for free. People lined up for cool treats outside and made a splash on the hottest day since Memorial Day 2018, when it was 97 degrees.
“The ice cream on a nice hot day on top of the fire department coming out with the water, I mean those are two of the best things on a real hot day like this,” Rockford Officer Kaera Watson said.
Rockford Fire teamed up with Rockford Police to bring another hydrant party to the area. Firefighters have been doing this since the heat wave started on Wednesday, cooling kids and families off with cold water from the trucks.
Kids ran through sprinklers and fired off squirt guns. From District 3 headquarters on S Newtowne Drive to Brown Park, Rockford Fire is making the rounds across Rockford neighborhoods to keep people cool.
“This turnout has probably doubled what those events turned out to be,” Rockford Fire Inspector Mike Rotolo said. “I don’t know if it’s because of the blitz on social media. So we just wanted to provide a nice safe place for kids and adults to get wet and make some memories.”
The extreme heat and 80 degree dew points forced City Market to move mostly indoors on Friday. Friday’s market marks the halfway point for the season.
The dew points mean Rockford is more humid than an average Florida summer.