Why is it so much colder at the beach?

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the time of the year where, if the wind is in your favor, temperatures can and sometimes do warm up to near 70 degrees.

But really, it’s a tale of two different climates in Connecticut. Down at the beach in southeastern Connecticut, temperatures might not get much above 50 degrees. However, inland areas near Hartford will soar to near 70.

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So, why is there such a huge temperature difference in such a small area?

Unfortunately, we have to blame one of the crown jewels of Connecticut, the water.

Water takes a lot more energy to heat up and cool down than land does. Because of this, our summers are always cooler right at the beaches, and our winters are typically warmer.

This time of the year, the only way to get record breaking temps is to get a wind from the south or southwest bringing warmer air to Connecticut. When that warm air moves over the very cold Long Island Sound waters, it’s quickly cooled, causing a chilly breeze off the water. That cold and moist air also typically becomes saturated, causing the fog we see during the spring in many areas south of Interstate 95.

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Living along the shoreline does have its benefits. Because it doesn’t get as hot during the summer or as cold during the winter, you won’t have to spend as much money on heating or cooling. The down side to that is you’ll probably have to wait a little longer until you get your first 70 degree day.

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