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(Lauren Carroll/Journal) Trequan Butler, 8, celebrates summer break by taking a dip in a kiddie pool in his front yard Monday.

Time to haul out the ice cream  — the Triad is heading into a heat wave.

Temperatures are expected to be in 90s this week.

And summer doesn’t official begin until Saturday.

The high reached 92 degrees Monday at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem and 90 degrees at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast for today calls sunny skies with a high temperature near 91 in Forsyth County, near 93 in Greensboro and near 94 in Mount Airy.

There’s also a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Triad and the foothills region throughout the week, the weather service said.

A high-pressure system over the Southeast coast is pumping warm, humid air into the Carolinas, said Mike Sporer, a weather-service meteorologist in Blacksburg, Va.

“We are heading into the summer, and this is a typical summer weather pattern,” Sporer said.

The high-pressure system will keep high temperatures in the region five to 12 degrees above the mid-80s, the normal high in the Triad and the foothills at this time of year, said Sporer and Shawna Cokley, a weather-service meteorologist in Raleigh.

The elderly and young children should limit their time outdoors during the heat wave, said Alyson Hoegg, a meteorologist with the Accuweather in State College, Pa.

Cokley agreed.

“Do some common-sense things,” she said. “As it gets hotter, avoid strenuous activities outside. Drink plenty of water.”

People found ways to stay cool Monday.

Nearly 500 people visited Bolton Pool on Bolton Street Monday.

Attendance over the weekend was about 700 people total, said Melissa Trent, a manager at the pool.

“There are plenty of people on the pool deck who say how hot it is, and how refreshing the water feels,” Trent said.

Baskin Robbins on Peters Creek Parkway had about 10 customers every hour, said Maria Rojas, a manager at the shop.

“It’s really hot,” Rojas said. “But it’s good time for it because I am working at an ice cream shop.”

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