'It's a really hot day:' Mid-Michigan trying to beat the heat

Posted at 7:29 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 19:29:36-04

With temperatures in the 90's and the heat index approaching 100 degrees, many in Mid-Michigan are finding ways to keep cool.

For a portion of Thursday at Hawk Island Park in Lansing, dozens of family's and kids were keeping cool by playing in the splash pad.

"We knew it was going to be a hot day," said Sallie Guy. "We have t-ball this afternoon and thought we'd cool off before we go to the game."

With water coming from every direction, even pouring from a bucket, many children couldn't run fast enough.

"Oh, they'll really sleep good tonight," said Guy.

Allison Skaggs came to Hawk Island Park for the first time with family visiting from Rhode Island.

"It's a really nice and unique area to come to," said Melissa Brown, visiting from Rhode Island.

"It gives us something to do on a hot day and keeps the parents cool as well," said Brown.

The beach at Hawk Island Park was also open for those looking to soak up a few of the suns rays.

"I was super excited to see the crazy weather we're having here," said Deland Howard, visiting the beach with his girlfriend.

As the forecast for Friday is calling for yet another scorcher, many are thankful for the mercury rising instead of dropping for a change.

"We live in Michigan so its hit or miss," said Howard. "You make the best out of any beautiful day you can each and every day in Michigan."

As thunderstorms rolled through Thursday afternoon, visitors tell us the park had closed down for over an hour as the storm passed.

The park eventually reopened.

Click here for other activities Hawk Island Park as to offer, along with hours of operation.