Temperatures will climb into the low 80’s today which will send some people to our local beaches. It is early in the season and sea surface temperatures are still in the 50’s in Southern New England. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland, ME has issued a *Beach Hazards Statement* for the beaches of ME and NH.
A Beach Hazards Statement is rare, but it issued when citizens may underestimate the cold ocean water due to warm weather.
…BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS
* LOCATION…THE SOUTHWEST AND MIDCOAST REGIONS OF MAINE AS WELL
AS THE SEACOAST OF NEW HAMPSHIRE.
* BEACH HAZARD…THE WARM AIR TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 60S AND
70S MAY CAUSE PEOPLE TO UNDERESTIMATE THE DANGERS OF THE COLD
WATER TEMPERATURES WHICH ARE CURRENTLY ONLY UPPER 40S TO MID
* WINDS…LIGHT WINDS BECOMING SOUTH 10 TO 15 MPH THIS AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS…THE COLD WATER TEMPERATURES CAN QUICKLY CAUSE
HYPOTHERMIA TO ANYONE IMMERSED IN THE WATER. ANYONE ON BOATS
OR PADDLECRAFT SHOULD USE EXTREME CAUTION TO AVOID THIS THREAT.
A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS ISSUED ON DAYS WHEN A SIGNIFICANT
NUMBER OF BOATS AND PADDLECRAFT ARE EXPECTED TO BE OUT ON THE
WATER AND WHEN WARM AIR TEMPERATURES MAY CAUSE PEOPLE TO
UNDERESTIMATE THE DANGER OF THE COLD WATER. PADDLE SMART FROM THE
START. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET. BE AWARE OF WIND CONDITIONS,
TIDES AND LOCALIZED CURRENTS.
WEAR USCG-APPROVED LIFE JACKETS. WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING THAT
WILL HELP PRESERVE YOUR BODY HEAT IN CASE OF SUDDEN IMMERSION.
STAY WITH YOUR CRAFT IF YOU UNINTENTIONALLY FALL OUT OF YOUR
CANOE OR KAYAK…THEY FLOAT.
Here is the updated Sea Surface Temperature chart.
In Eastern MA, be on the lookout for a mid to late afternoon thunderstorm.
There is a moderate rip current risk for the beaches north of Boston. To the south, all of the beaches facing south and east will have a moderate rip current risk. Mayflower and the other beaches on the Bay Side will be protected.
Enjoy your Saturday, check back in tomorrow for the Sunday Boat and Beach Report.