PHOTO GALLERY: Cooler temperatures bring about much needed relief

Sunday, September 4, 2011 | 6:44 p.m. CDT; updated 8:07 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 4, 2011
Families play in the fountain at Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia on Sunday. Many people took advantage of the cooler temperatures to get outdoors.

COLUMBIA — Fans at Saturday's football game were definitely feeling the heat as temperatures reached into the upper 90s. But on Sunday, Columbia residents experienced far more pleasant weather conditions in the mid-70s.

“The forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s for the next week and back up to 80s in about 10 days,” said Butch Dye, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in St. Louis. “A cold front came down and displaced the warm air.”

Because of the temperate conditions, downtown Columbia was bustling with shoppers and those simply out to enjoy the day. Roxanne Chaffin and her friend took their dog, Taffy, to relax in Peace Park Sunday afternoon.

“We were walking around downtown earlier. It’s just been too hot to take her (the dog) out lately,” Chaffin said.

For a few Marching Mizzou members gathered on Broadway, the change in the weather couldn't have been more welcome. “It was very hot in our band uniforms,” Senior Lacey Hubbert said. “Brand new uniforms though, so the first person to sweat in them was me.”

Expect similar temperatures throughout the coming week as the weather continues to be cooler, Dye said.

Drew Joice summed up the common sentiment about the weather as he sat outside Yogoluv.

“It's been pretty much perfect,” he said.

A biker rides along the MKT Trail in downtown Columbia on Sunday. The MKT Trail was busy with bikers due to the cooler temperatures.
Gary Mason of Big G & Sons Lawn Service works on mulching around the Flat Branch Complex on Sunday afternoon. Mason is preparing the building for the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival to be held next weekend in downtown Columbia.
Matt Miller, center, watches two of his triplets, Alex, left, and Eva right, 18 months old, as they play in the fountain at Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia on Sunday. Miller and his family took advantage of the weather to go out and about.
Ashley Irvin walks her dog Diego with Kaelyn Holzschuh on the MKT Trail on Sunday. They took advantage of the weather change to go for a walk.

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