Pressure : 29.72 in
Dewpoint : 50.0 °
Wind : West
Hastings residents find ways to beat the heat
Temperatures across the state will near record-highs this week, as unseasonably warm weather has settled into the region.
Parts of Nebraska were in the 90s and even the triple digits Monday. That's 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year.
Adults and kids alike are trying to find a way to stay cool. And, what better way than a day at the pool?
"On really hot weeks, you see a lot of once in a while people come out and it really increases the excitement at the water park," said Whitney Nelson, Hastings Aquacourt lifeguard.
From the young to the young at heart, they're headed there in droves.
"You see a lot of the babies and the young families gravitate toward our water toys, right behind me, they really love those, it's kind of like a carnival for kids I think," Nelson said. "And, a lot of the middle school kids really love the wave pool and the deep end."
Whether it's taking a trip down the slide or a jump off the diving board, on Monday people were just trying to stay cool.
"We we're bored and it's hot and we have nothing else to do, because we like the water park and we always come, the water park's fun," said swimmers Naomi, Sara and Olivia.
While some families headed to the water park or even the lake to beat the summer heat, others stayed indoors.
"It's very important for people to be able to get into a place where they can cool down," said Susan Anderson, a Salvation Army case manager.
The Hastings Salvation Army's cooling center will be open all week so people who don't have an air conditioner at home can cool off.
"If people just want to come in, we have the TV on and if they want to rest or just get out of the heat," Anderson said.
And while the air conditioner feels good, the water may feel even better.
"It's all really busy, everywhere you walk, you're like more people," Nelson said.
The cooling center at the Hastings Salvation Army is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this week.
The Hastings Aquacourt is open from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m., seven days a week.
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