North Enders enjoying, beating the heat

Sherylene McDonald tosses a ball to her dog, Mura, at the eastern beaches along Point No Point Wednesday afternoon. - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
Sherylene McDonald tosses a ball to her dog, Mura, at the eastern beaches along Point No Point Wednesday afternoon.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

Amy Ullrich and her mom, nurse Cheryl Able, ate lunch below the sky’s bright orb Wednesday in Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park.

“We’re from Kentucky,” Able says, “we think it’s funny they have a sun advisory.”

An area heat advisory from the National Weather Service (NWS) didn’t keep North Enders from enjoying the extended visit from the sun. Poulsbo parks were filled with activity because of the rising mercury.

Temperatures reached the mid-80s by midday Wednesday. The heat advisory, from 2 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday, called for expected record temperatures near the 90s.

Ullrich, who lives in Silverdale, began visiting the park during lunch this year, and just last week ate while watching an otter swim near shore.

“We’re glad it’s warm, glad it’s hot,” she said. “It’s good for my garden.”

Genevieve McDermott of Poulsbo and Hiromi Bartram of Bremerton met for a playdate with their kids in Poulsbo’s Lions Park.

“We thought coming here in the morning would be nice, would be cooler,” McDermott said, but she and Bartram watched their daughters, both 2 years old, play from beneath a tree, camped in shade atop a blanket in the grass.

Long days, offshore flow and warm air loft combined with a high early June sun angle produced the warm conditions, which were expected to come to an abrupt end Thursday evening with the arrival of a surge of Pacific air, the NWS said.

McDermott said the good weather spurred her family to visit Hansville’s Point No Point beach and lighthouse for the first time.

“I didn’t expect there to be such a long stretch of warm weather,” she said. “It’s nice, after the winter we had.”

Bartram called to Mia, her little girl unfazed by the beaming sun.

“Focus on what you are doing,” Bartram said, as the young girl climbed a ladder to an upper play platform. In a white dress, she looked winsome and fearless. “She’s a monkey,” Bartram said with a laugh.

Waterfront Park was also abustle with those out to play.

Don and Joan Potter of Miller Bay sat shaded by the Kvelstand Pavilion, from under which they watched a parade of kayaks and sailboats make a sunny adventure of Liberty Bay.

A nearby pair of playful children swung their arms and ran through the grass, brimmed hats offering them mobile shade, while a father played a game of hide-and-seek with his young daughter, dressed all in pink.

The Potters said they often come to the park to walk, visit Poulsbo’s downtown Senior Center for bingo, and enjoy a seat along the waterfront.

Wednesday, however, they parked beneath the pavilion so their sweet snacks from Sluys Bakery wouldn’t melt in the heat.

“It’s nice to watch the people go by,” Joan said.

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