After a shaky start to the swimming season, ocean temperatures are “warming rapidly,” forecasters say.
The temperatures are “several degrees above normal” along the Mid-Atlantic coast, according to a forecast discussion issued late this morning from the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.
They’re ranging from the middle 60s to around 70 degrees, the discussion states.
The kick off to the summer beach season on Memorial Day weekend featured cooler ocean temperatures than normal, courtesy of days of uncooperative winds that prevent moderation.
Due to the wind direction — offshore winds push warm water away from the coast, while an onshore flow does the opposite — ocean temperatures have gone up and down through June, a transitional time between the cold springtime ocean temperatures and warm middle to late summer period.
The fluctuation will occur throughout the summer, when ocean temperatures peak in the middle to upper 70s in September.
A channel of churning, choppy water.
An area having a notable difference in water color.
A line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward.
A break in the incoming wave pattern.
Don’t fight the current.
Escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle—away from the current—toward shore.
If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, call or wave for help.