Sea is warmest it has been for 15 years

Chief reporter Emily Walker takes a dip

Chief reporter Emily Walker takes a dip

First published in News by , Chief reporter

FANCY a dip? This summer looks like being one of the best for swimmers as the sea is the warmest it has been for more than 15 years.

Sea temperatures measured daily show that the water off Brighton and Hove’s bathing beaches reached a balmy 21C this week.

Paul Smith, who runs the Pool To Pier sea swimming programme, tests the water every day and predicts it will be one of the best summers for Brighton bathers.

The average July sea temperature for Brighton, according to official satellite readings from the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is only 15.5C.

Yesterday they measured the sea temperature in Shoreham as 16.7c – higher than the July maximum of 16.6c. The temperatures given are the surface temperature, which is most relevant to recreational users Mr Smith said: “It’s the warmest July sea I have swam in here for over 15 years. Brighton appears to be heading for a record sea temperature this summer, with morning sea temperatures touching 20C and climbing to a remarkable 21C by the evening.

“Although the winter was one of our stormiest ever, the sea didn’t get too cold. Now following months of good weather we are enjoying one of the warmest seas for many, many years.

“The sea is likely to warm further until September – so the next few weeks are going to be really interesting. The sea offers everyone in the city a place to exercise, feel uplifted and to enjoy a bit of an adventure – we would always recommend people learn to become good swimmers first, though, and stay within lifeguarded areas”.

As the school holidays begin this week, families and holiday makers are set to hit the beach.

But swimmers are urged to exercise caution to stay safe.

Brighton and Hove’s lifeguards are now fully operational from Saltdean to Hove Lagoon and can give swimmers advice on tides, wind and other potential dangers.

A spokeswoman for the council advised people to always swim with a friend, don’t go out too far and swim parallel to the shore, swim within the bathing area between the flags and buoys, don’t drink alcohol and swim and let someone know where you are going.

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9:15am Thu 24 Jul 14

gaay buoy says...

Yes indeed,i went in yesterday and it was absolutely f-fing freezing
Yes indeed,i went in yesterday and it was absolutely f-fing freezing gaay buoy
  • Score: 21

12:15pm Thu 24 Jul 14

phewar says...

I wonder if anything was done about the motor cruiser on Tuesday which mingled with swimmers almost opposite the Brighton seafront office with an unguarded propeller turning. I expect not and it will take an accident or tragedy to remind people how dangerous boats being close inshore can be. So much for the yellow marker buoys being obeyed.
I wonder if anything was done about the motor cruiser on Tuesday which mingled with swimmers almost opposite the Brighton seafront office with an unguarded propeller turning. I expect not and it will take an accident or tragedy to remind people how dangerous boats being close inshore can be. So much for the yellow marker buoys being obeyed. phewar
  • Score: -7

1:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

And the turds in the sea are bigger than ever lol.
And the turds in the sea are bigger than ever lol. chrismilo
  • Score: 18

1:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Minty1971 says...

I wouldnt swim in that sewage infested sea even if it was warmer than the med
I wouldnt swim in that sewage infested sea even if it was warmer than the med Minty1971
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

rolivan says...

chrismilo wrote:
And the turds in the sea are bigger than ever lol.
Like Bondi Cigars.
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: And the turds in the sea are bigger than ever lol.[/p][/quote]Like Bondi Cigars. rolivan
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

When it says the 'surface temperature, what does that mean? Only I recall cases in Canada of the unwary diving into lakes whose surface temperature seemed OK only to suffer heart attacks when they discovered the water a few feet down was 20 degrees colder.
When it says the 'surface temperature, what does that mean? Only I recall cases in Canada of the unwary diving into lakes whose surface temperature seemed OK only to suffer heart attacks when they discovered the water a few feet down was 20 degrees colder. Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

Good news.
The attractive young ladies of Brighton have got no excuse not to slip into their skimpiest bikinis and head down to the beach for a swim.
Good news. The attractive young ladies of Brighton have got no excuse not to slip into their skimpiest bikinis and head down to the beach for a swim. sussexram40
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

pebble counter says...

rolivan wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
And the turds in the sea are bigger than ever lol.
Like Bondi Cigars.
It's a long time since I've seen a school of Blind Mullet....
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: And the turds in the sea are bigger than ever lol.[/p][/quote]Like Bondi Cigars.[/p][/quote]It's a long time since I've seen a school of Blind Mullet.... pebble counter
  • Score: -1

8:20pm Thu 24 Jul 14

twonk says...

The Argus misunderstood the quotes. It said it will reach 21, not it was 21 yesterday.
The Argus misunderstood the quotes. It said it will reach 21, not it was 21 yesterday. twonk
  • Score: -1

8:33pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Fairfax Aches says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Good news.
The attractive young ladies of Brighton have got no excuse not to slip into their skimpiest bikinis and head down to the beach for a swim.
"attractive"? "Skimpy" "Brighton"?

Think you've spent too much time drinking in the sun m'lad.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Good news. The attractive young ladies of Brighton have got no excuse not to slip into their skimpiest bikinis and head down to the beach for a swim.[/p][/quote]"attractive"? "Skimpy" "Brighton"? Think you've spent too much time drinking in the sun m'lad. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 0

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