NIANTIC, CT (WFSB) - Friday could mark the first heat wave of the year with the third day in a row of 90 degree temperatures.
Several state park beaches reached capacity during the Fourth of July holiday on Thursday.
The same thing was expected to happen on Friday.
Channel 3's meteorologists forecasted temperatures in the 90s.
People who wanted to go to the beach were advised to get there early.
Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic was among the first to reach capacity on Thursday.
The first cars started showing up there at 12:07 a.m. on Thursday.
"We've been here since 4 [Friday] morning," said Nancy Woodbury of Middletown. "So we can get a spot and a picnic table. Because they're scarce right now."
Since it's the day after a holiday, park workers expected Friday to be less of a frenzy. Because it's the end of the week however, it and other parks are still expected to be packed.
That's why Orlando Figueroa of Watertown opted for Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown.
"[We] try to hit every trail," Figueroa said from his bicycle. "This park here is one of the best trails in the state, so just figure take advantage of it while this weather's here."
His friend Luis Torres of Bloomfield joined him.
"Just basically enjoy the scenery," Torres said. "It’s a gorgeous day outside and why not go out and enjoy the day."
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recommended drinking plenty of fluids, wearing proper clothing like lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting items, and applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
"I got a hydration pack here, so I just drink a lot of water and then I knew I was going to be here today so I drank a lot of water prior anyways," Figueroa said.
"Oh yeah, lots of water," agreed Amanda Russo of New Britain. "That's the main key. Water, water, water.
Doctors said sunburns can not only damage skin and cause pain, but can also affect the body's ability to cool itself.
"Sunscreen for her because she burns like me," Russo said of her daughter.