The Inland Water Temperature Thread
Thats some fairly respectable water temps is it not Pete?
Only a little above average which for Hatchmere at this time of the year is around 20-21C. Check my figures for previous years:
I've not tabulated my records for 09 and 10 although I do have the data. If there's any interest I can do.
What I have noticed is for some reason waters up here are generally warmer than down south, during both winter and summer.
|28/07/06||R Weaver, Frodsham||25.8||78.4|
I be that felt well nice! Thats Mediterranean style sea temperatures in mid summer :-)
On the other hand i just couldnt imagine swimming in this....
It is also interesting, as has been pointed out, that the temperature is considerably higher than further south, with only 16 deg. C. in Leicestershire (6 deg. C. cooler). Also, 22 deg. C. is only 2-3 deg. C. cooler than much of the Meditteranean sea at this time of year, as can be seen from http://www.uni-koeln.../snoweuropa.gif, which shows one spot on the Black Sea as 21.4 deg. C.
My entries for the Mersey are taken at different places on the long estuary: New Brighton is the seaside resort situated at the mouth of the river so will tend to reflect open sea temps. modified by tidal flows over extensive hot (or in winter, very cold) sandbanks. Temps recorded at Runcorn are in the shallow upper estuary which has more of the characteristics of an inland river.
To be honest I find water temps over 21C uncomfortable if the sun is out. One of the physiological adaptations for winter swimming is a thick subcutaneous fat layer - so I'm effectively wearing a 10mm internal wetsuit that I can't take off during hot weather! [sun]
Posted 17 December 2011 - 22:50
Apologies but my grammar has been affected.
This post has been edited by Pete Roberts: 17 December 2011 - 22:53
Posted 31 December 2011 - 20:23
For the time it's likely I'll be restricted to the R.Weaver (Frodsham), River Dee (Chester) and Mersey Estuary (New Brighton) but these should reveal in trends in water surface temps. I record water temps. at 400mm (approx 2ft) depth as specified by FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) although FINA has no jurisdiction over my discipline - winter swimming has its own representative organisation.
Meanwhile, a Happy New Year. A new year with the start of the new winter swimming season and in my case, a new start in lfe.
Posted 01 January 2012 - 14:23
I have made an embarrassing number of typing (not spelling) errors when posting to UK Weatherworld, mainly due to the fact that when the sun is shining it is hard to see the screen (at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it!).
Posted 07 January 2012 - 19:52
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 20:02
Yes, I did read thermo correctly and double checked. Quite a high inland water temp. for early Jan. Didn't feel like that in Speedos in the cold N'erly whipping the river into a sizeable chop.