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Blowin' in the Wind, Issue #095 Swimming Weather - Jun 1, 2012
May 30, 2012
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Swimming Weather for Outdoor Water Sports

When the weather gets really hot, staying at home is probably not an option unless your entire home is fully air conditioned and you like your cyber life. But a lot of other young and old folks like to go on family vacations or just a nearby beach resort or swimming pool just to relax and enjoy all sorts of water sports if the swimming weather is right.

Swimming weather?

After all, it makes perfect sense to get really wet and when it is blazing hot so you do not suffer from those heat strokes. However, not everyone really gets the best water sport experience during those hot swimming weather periods. There are certain times where it is actually better to stay indoors and just postpone those fun water sports sessions for another day when the temperature, is just right.

If you think you do not need to be told the "perfect" swimming weather for enjoying water sports like water polo, water skiing, surfing or just some fun adventure swimming, you can always try heading out for a swim during different times of the day. You just have to check the record of the temperatures by visiting a weather website. If you have a smartphone, you can install those weather widgets so you can easily keep a log and go out at different temperatures and see if there is a huge difference.

Warm is a subjective, relative thing.

You should take this trial and error approach because the best temperatures really depend on the type of environment you are living in. For instance, if you live in a tropical weather environment, any temperature under 82 degrees might be too cool for swimming. But in many other areas, temperatures in the 70s can be considered the sweet spot for many. If the temperatures rise to 80 degrees planning for a water adventure with some friends is a pretty good idea. In the US, the temperature can reach unbearable levels above 90 degrees. That is when going to the swimming pool is an absolute must.

While that might be a simple guide to follow, take note that these are air temperatures that you are dealing with. The temperature of the water can potentially ruin the fun for most people if it is too low. If you feel that the water is far too cold, it is likely that the temperature of the water is less than 64 degrees. Some might even find the water a bit cool if the temperature is in the high 60s and low 70s. You might find that comfortable spot in the 78 to 82-degree range.

Just don’t expect your local weather channel to spoil you with water temperatures for all the swimming pools and beaches nearby. Once again, trial and error can help you find that comfortable temperature because getting a special sensor for measuring the water temperature simply isn’t worth the hassle. If trial and error is too much for you, consider checking out a hotel with a pool because the water temperature is usually 84 to 86 degrees.

This brings up an interesting point where the water temperature is ultimately more important than the air temperature. This is actually the secret to getting the most comfortable swimming experience. No matter what the air temperature is, you will enjoy the ideal water temperature if you go to an indoor pool. These indoor pools are heated to a temperature that everyone should enjoy and the people owning the pool can always adjust depending on how hot it is outside.

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