People take the plunge at H2oasis to beat the heat
Kim Green is used to heat and humidity back home in St. Augustine, Florida. Her trip to Alaska is not what she expected, especially during this heat wave.
"We're normally out in the sun, and the heat, but here, it's a little different," said Green. "I packed all cold clothes, I left my summer clothes in Florida."
Green sought relief at H2oasis Indoor Waterpark, so did a lot of other people.
Dennis Prendeville, President and CEO of H2oasis, says business has picked up at the water park since the heat wave started.
"I hear them talking it's hot, and they want to get some relief, it kind of makes sense what they're doing," Prendeville said. "It's really hot, I've been in Anchorage a long time, I haven't seen this at all."
It was 84 degrees inside this building Saturday, which also happened to be the temperature of the water. Throw in 100% humidity and it can get downright miserable at times in the water park, but that's part of its appeal.
People took to the water to stay cool inside a hot building, then again, they did not have much choice.
"Most of Alaska, we don't use regular air conditioning, we cool using the cool Alaska air. That's how we normally cool the building," said Prendeville.
That doesn't help when the outside temperature is the same as inside the building. Not everyone complained.
"No way, we're not hot," said Ethan Machado, who was at the park for a birthday party.
The record heat was expected to last through the weekend, with highs reaching the low to mid-80s and temperatures approaching 90 degrees in the Mat-Su.
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