Water temperatures are still in the 50s at Hampton Beach
HAMPTON BEACH - Water temperatures are lagging behind where they should be at this point in the summer on the New Hampshire seacoast.
In early July, the average water temperature is in the lower 60s. Very often, the water temperature will peak in the mid and upper 60s during the month of August.
The highest water temperature of the summer usually lags behind the highest air temperature of the summer, much like the lowest water temperature of the winter lags behind the lowest air temperature of the winter.
It requires more energy and takes much of the summer for the water to warm, so it's not unusual for the water to still be cool in early July.
However, this month's water temperatures seem abnormally cool.
Hampton Beach Surf Patrol and Rescue takes daily observations of the water temperature and posts to Twitter most mornings.
Thursday's morning water temperature was 58 degrees.
On July 4, the morning water temperature was 52 degrees.