Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Mitchell Schotzke, 7, of Tennessee, makes a splash as he slips down the slide in the pool at Washington Park in New Ulm on Wednesday. With a heat index above 100 degrees, area residents sought relief from the summer blast of high temperatures and humidity in air-conditioned buildings or dips in the pool. New Ulm recorded a mid-afternoon high of 94, and the high in Sleepy Eye was 99. Highs of 90 are predicted for the next several days.