With temperatures hitting 100F (37.7C), heading to the seemed like a sensible plan to keep cool.
But imagine the dismay for these visitors when they arrived at this water park in eastern China to find that everyone else had the same idea.
There was barely elbow room to be had at the Playa Maya park in Wuhan, Hubei province yesterday as rubber rings and bodies fought for space in the water.
In the middle of the melee, lifeguards clad in orange stood on high chairs keeping a watchful eye over the swimmers.
Up to 10,000 people a day visit the 160,000 sq m park to play on its 40 rides, which include a wave machine and water coaster.
The park disinfects its 21,000 cubic metres of water every four to six hours, according to eChinaCities.com, to deal with any hygiene worries caused by thousands of people sharing the same water.
Wuhan is renowned for its steamy summers, with daytime humidity regularly hitting 80% at the peak of summer every July.
The oppressive heat has earned Wuhan its title as one of China’s ‘Three Furnaces’ – a trio of hot eastern cities including Nanjing and Chongqing.
A water cannon provided welcome relief from the humidity for visitors to the water park in Wuhan
Attribution: Helen Lawson, Mail Online