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Cool temps slow summer staples

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If you can't stand the heat, well, that's not really a problem.

"It's a little cold, it's a bit above 60 degrees, but for temperature we'll close if it's 60 degrees or under," Ted O'Brien, managers of the pool at Byrnes Park, said.

In Waterloo, low temps didn't stop the swim lessons, much to the chagrinof some lifeguards.

"The cold weather can put a bit of a damper on their moods," O'Brien said.

He said even if the attendance is low, maybe that's not so bad.

"It actually gets a little bit easier because there's less people to watch, so it's easier to see if something goes wrong," O'Brien said.

Across town, colder weather meant fewer screams for ice cream.

"It's a very slow day," said Zach Regenold, who works at Four Queens Ice Cream.

According to the KWWL StormTrack team, the unseasonable cold comes from a disruption in the jet stream, which has people throwing on jackets in July.

And that leaves Regenold bored.

"It starts getting cold," he said. "People don't want something cold."

But that applies even to healthier options. Jordan and Devin Womochil weren't having much luck selling sweet corn, either. They spent the overcast afternoon sitting side by side in hoodies and sweatpants.

"Yeah it makes it a little tougher," Jordan said. "I mean, it's the middle of the summer and we're wearing sweaters and sweatpants. Usually, it's more busy, but I think with the colder weather, people just stay inside."

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