It's hot outside, but the water is still dangerously cold at NH beaches
HAMPTON BEACH — High temperatures approached 90 degrees at the seacoast Wednesday and are expected to eclipse the 90 degree mark on Thursday.
New Englanders headed to the beaches are being reminded by the National Weather Service that water temperatures are still dangerously cold for swimming.
The U.S. Coast Guard says water temperatures below 60 degrees are especially dangerous and can lead to hypothermia.
Water temperatures far offshore are in the middle 40s. Closer to the shore, the water temperature is in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees.
These water temperatures are fairly typical for mid-May.
It often takes until well into June for the water temperature to rise above 60 degrees at Hampton Beach.
The weather service says the first effects of cold water immersion are panic and shock. The initial shock can severely strain the body and cause instant cardiac arrest.
Survivors of cold water drownings often describe the incident as having their breath knocked out of them upon their first impact with the water. Disorientation may also occur.