The ocean is finally warming up, after weeks of temps in the 50s
HAMPTON BEACH - It's no secret the ocean water temperature has been chilly so far this summer. Beachgoers on the Fourth of July holiday were greeted with water temperatures in the upper 50s at best.
It is not unusual for the warmest ocean water to come later in the summer. In fact, we expect that. While the highest air temperatures generally occur in late July or early August, the highest water temperatures occur in late August and early September.
Finally, we are seeing a warm-up of the water at New England beaches.
The lifeguards at Hampton Beach observe the water temperatures each morning and afternoon. The morning observations are posted on their Twitter account. For the past two days, the morning observation has been 64 degrees.
This is actually a tad above the average for the date.
On the morning of July 4, the lifeguards reported a brutally cold water temperature of 52 degrees! The National Weather Service hoisted advisories warning swimmers about the dangers of diving into the water unaware of its chill.
The warming trend is being observed throughout the entire region. Offshore buoys, which were also in the 50s for much of June and the beginning of July, are now showing surface water temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees.
Let's keep the warmth going through the rest of the summer.