Taste of summer weather brings Chicago outdoors

April 30, 2013 2:22:51 PM PDT
After setting records for rain in April, summer-like weather brought people outside to enjoy the sun and the warmth.

A trip to the beach was a popular choice on Tuesday, as temperatures in the area reached into the 80s. Some people even made the most of their lakefront experience by getting in the still frigid water.

Matthew Bougher braved the cold water because he says with the unpredictable spring, he's not sure when he'll get the chance again.

"I didn't see anyone else going too far in, but I had to be the one to do it, had to be the first to do it," said Bougher.

In Oak Park, people took the time to stretch their legs and had their four-legged friends with them.

"It's so nice being able to get outside and run around, the kids have been cooped up and are ready to go running," said Sari Haro.

But mosquito control experts say it's not too soon to start taking steps to protect yourself from the pests, especially with any standing water that might be lingering after the floods.

One simple step is to wear insect repellant.

"The heavy rains left buckets full of water, or any artificial containers," said said George Balis, of Clarke Mosquito Control. "Just getting rid of those will get rid of any mosquito breeding that might be occuring around your own home."

While mosquitos aren't a problem yet due to the cooler weather we had during the floods, it is good advice as we anticipate warmer days to come.


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