DANBURY, Conn. -- On one of the hottest days of summer, 10-year-old Natalie Benalcazar of Danbury knows just what to do -- she heads to the Rogers Park sprayscape, which was packed with kids on Monday afternoon.
"I come here almost every day with my friends. I really like it," Natalie said. "In the beginning, the water is kind of cold but once you get used to it, it feels fresh."
A Heat Advisory had been issued for all of Fairfield County until 8 p.m. Monday due to Increasing humidity coupled with temperatures soaring into the low 90s, the National Weather Service said.
"The water is really refreshing when it's this hot out. It feels really good. We jump around here and have fun," said 12-year-old Julia Brennan of Danbury, Natalie's friend.
Julia added that she lives near a lake so she goes there a few times a week to cool off as well.
Nicole DiPietro, an 11-year-old from Danbury, said she attends camp at Rogers Park and the sprayscape is one of the best parts of her day. "I also like getting ice cream from the ice cream truck. I like ice cream sandwiches and snow cones."
Danbury resident Erin Frascione said her kids, Emily, 2 and Lily, 10 months, are keeping cool in the sprinklers.
"We don't have a pool at home so we come here about once a week and stay for about an hour. My kids love it. Since they're so young, I feel a lot safer than having them around a pool," she said.
Jennifer DeMato of Danbury said on very hot days, she and her kids -- Cameron, 4 and Jemma, 3, also like using the pool at the Brookfield YMCA.
DeMato said that when her kids are at the Rogers Park sprayscape, their favorite activity is to sit under the spray until it fills the entire bucket and pours water over them.
"When it gets really hot, we don't use the rest of the park as much. The slides get too hot," she said.
"My kids like to cover the water spouts," DeMato added. "They spray each other by doing it."
The steamy temperatures were expected to continue into Tuesday and for most of the week.
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