With the beautiful weather yesterday and great weather continuing during much of the 8 day forecast, the beach will start to become a popular spot. Beach/boat safety is always a concern throughout the year and especially this time of the year when water temperatures are still chilly. Keep in mind, even though air temperatures are forecast to be in the 80s and even 90s today and 70s and 80s expected through the weekend, water temperatures are still chilly in the mid 50s. Water takes much longer to heat/cool then land surface areas.
According to a hypothermia criteria chart, when water temperatures are between 50° and 60°, it takes 1 to 2 hours to suffer from exhaustion or unconsciousness. The expected time for survival is roughly 3 hours if one is exposed in these water conditions.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from putting their boat in the water just yet, but just keep in mind that this time of the year, the water can be very dangerous. Also, anyone who likes to kayak. Rivers are running higher and faster than normal due to recent rainfall and snow melt up north. Life jackets are a MUST!
Thanks for reading!
-Meteorologist Kevin Arnone