It may be freezing on New Year’s Day in Austin -- but the Barton Springs Polar Bear Splash is still on

You know, if it’s 30 degrees outside, then technically jumping into a pool with a temperature between 65 and 75 degrees year-round should feel pretty warm, right? That’s science.

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So even though it’s expected to be in the high-20s or lower-30s temperature-wise on New Year’s Day, you have no excuse to skip the annual Polar Bear Splash at Barton Springs Pool. 

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The yearly event, which is not for the faint of heart, takes place at 9 a.m. Monday, with free coffee and doughnuts to warm yourself up afterward and commemorative T-shirts you can buy to prove to your friends that you are maybe a little crazy for jumping into freezing water on the first day of 2018. Hey, we’re not judging.

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