Warning for Warm Temperatures but (Ocean) water Still Cold

The National Weather Service in Gray, ME has issued a Beach Hazards Statement for coastal Rockingham County from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening.

* Location: The Southwest and midcoast region of Maine as well as the Seacoast region of New Hampshire.

* Beach Hazard: The warm air temperatures in the 70s to lower 80s, along with sunny skies and a modest southwesterly breeze may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures, which are currently only in the mid to upper 40s.

* Winds: Southwest 10 to 15 mph.

* Impacts: The cold water temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia to anyone immersed in the water. Anyone on boats or paddle craft should use extreme caution to avoid this threat.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: A Beach Hazards Statement is issued on days when a significant number of boats and paddle craft 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.