Plug Pond

In this 2017 file photo, a lifeguard sits at his post overlooking Plug Pond in Haverhill.

HAVERHILL — Residents have to find another way to beat the heat while Plug Pond, the city's only public beach, remains closed Friday due to E. coli concerns.

Shawn Regan, spokesman for Mayor James Fiorintini, said Friday morning that the water was being tested again, and results will come in 24 hours.

A decision to possibly reopen the beach is expected about 11 a.m. Saturday, Regan said.

The beach was abruptly closed Wednesday, after a weekly test of the water done the day before came back with high levels of E. coli, Regan said.

It was tough news for people who rely on the popular body of water to stay cool during the summer.

"Usually this happens after big rainstorms," Regan said, adding that this is not the first time the pond has had high bacteria levels. "We had a lot of rain over the weekend (on Sunday and Monday) which washed all the bacteria from the roads into the pond."

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Haverhill Saturday are expected to reach near 90 degrees.

The forecast calls for a chance of rain showers and patchy fog before thunderstorms roll into the region later Saturday.

Sunshine is expected to return Sunday, with temperatures topping at 80 degrees.

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