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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:14 pm

Hatchmere, Delamere Forest, Cheshire, 7th June '13: 21.0C

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:43 pm

River Weaver, Frodsham, Cheshire: 29.0C

This is the highest temp I've recorded since the scorching, drought summer of 1976. Water is slightly slimy through algae, although blue-green cyanobacteria are never found in the Weaver. Possibly down to the brackish water - the river is fed from salt springs as well as leakage of brine from brine pumping.

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Post by maryinoxford » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:02 pm

Pete, do you overheat when actively swimming in water as warm as that? And your being adapted for cold, does it make warm water more uncomfortable for you?

Just curious.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:32 pm

Sorry folks, I misread the thermometer - it should be 26.0C and the date is 12-7-13. I've probably been overheating! Still one of the highest water temps since 1976.
maryinoxford wrote:Pete, do you overheat when actively swimming in water as warm as that? And your being adapted for cold, does it make warm water more uncomfortable for you?

Just curious.

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Not much - bear in mind I'm only indulging in "dipping". My subcutaneous fat acts as an internal "wetsuit", problem is, I can't take it off in the warm weather. It looks my swimming stamina will take a while to recover, if at all.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:41 pm

River Nene, Islip/Thrapston , Northants 16-7-13: 24.0C

I went swimming in one of the small interlinked lakes that form part of the Nene.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:21 pm

R. Weaver, Frodsham, Cheshire 18-7-13: 27.0C

The algae seem to have disappeared with the water just greenish. No discernible current, water level normal.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:19 pm

Hatchmere, Delamere Forest, Cheshire, 23-7-13: 24.0C

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:45 am

River Severn, Shrewsbury, 25-7-13: 21.0C

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Post by jam bo » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:16 am

http://www.port-log.net/GetChart.php?Si ... Width=1920

Dart at Totnes got above 24degC on the 23rd. Back down to 19 degs now

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:15 am

R.Weaver, Frodsham, Cheshire, 5th Sept '13: 20C

No recent entries 'cos I was thoroughly p**ed of with swimming. However I have to restart swimming as my GP wouldn't be very pleased with me, and my family will give me a right royal bollocking.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:18 am

R. Severn, Shrewsbury, 14th Sept. '13: a miserable 15C

And folk wonder why those who can, spend their holidays in sunny climes. If I won the lottery I'd have a one-way air ticket in my grubby paw and say "goodbye" to the UK for good :-(

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Post by climbpaddle » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:30 am

Can I join in? 10.6 Celsius in the Nith today.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:46 pm

climbpaddle wrote:Can I join in? 10.6 Celsius in the Nith today.
Yes, everyone is welcome. Stops this thread becoming the "Wildswimmer Pete Roadshow" particularly as I'm now restricted to my local river Weaver (no transport).

R. Weaver, Frodsham, Cheshire, 22nd Sept '13: 18C

Water clear with no discernible current while the water level was about 2" above normal.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:00 pm

Firstly, looks like my report from the Weaver (22nd Sept) might have been been a cockup-ette. I suspect I wrongly read the thermometer, it should have been 17C

Now a BOGOFF:

Both the R. Weaver at Frodsham:
25th Sept: 17C
29th Sept: 17.5C

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:29 pm

R. Weaver, Frodsham, 6th Oct. '13: 17C

Still holding "summer" temperature. I actually wore my full winter kit (as in my avatar): gloves, boots and helmet, and I overheated. The water literally felt warm. Level normal, no noticeable current and clarity good.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:40 pm

River Onny, Craven Arms, Shropshire: 7.0C

River running fast and slightly muddy but level normal. I was of course bare-skin.
My avatar pic was taken with the Onny behind me.

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Post by Big Henry » Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:30 am

Glad to see you're still getting out and wet, which is more than I can say about myself at the moment!

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:42 pm

Big Henry wrote:Glad to see you're still getting out and wet, which is more than I can say about myself at the moment!
Thanks Henry :-) The attached pics show the River Onny at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms. The reason I was tethered was a.) Little Sis was watching from the bank and I was on my best behaviour (cough, splutter) and b.) although normally placid the river was in flood after weeks of rain. The water is only waist deep but I didn't fancy being dragged along the rocky bed.

The last pic showed a furious River Severn at Shrewsbury Weir on the 7th and I don't expect anyone falling in would have lasted for long. That's why Little Sis drove me to Craven Arms 'cos I knew the Onny should have been swimmable.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:32 pm

River Tay (estuary), Broughty Ferry (Dundee), Dec 12th '13: 7.0C

A filthy day with driving heavy rain, despite it being 2pm it was as dark as twilight, and to cap it off a near-gale. It took some tweaking to make useable images despite my camera being set at ISO 400.

The first pic was taken looking upstream to the Tay Bridge - that wasn't mist but rain. The other pic proved that I did go into the water ;-)

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Post by Strad » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:08 am

The pictures manage to portray a feeling of cold very well :-). I wouldn't want to be in there without a wet suit.
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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:48 pm

River Mersey, New Brighton, Wirral, 31-5-14: 14C incoming tide, 16C outgoing tide.

The outgoing water from the Mersey Estuary is significantly warmer than that in the Irish Sea.

This is my first open-water swim since being hospitalised during last April with a pneumothorax - I hope this is the end of my recent spate of health problems.

Just to show I'm in fine fettle here's a selfie taken while up to my chest in the Mersey. Unlike 40 years ago, the water quality at New Brighton is Guideline - the higher of the two bathing water standards.

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Post by Eliza Dolittle » Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:01 pm

The wild swimmer we saw getting out of the Thames this morning was wearing considerably less than you, a definite shortage of fig leaves along the bank.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:34 pm

Eliza Dolittle wrote:The wild swimmer we saw getting out of the Thames this morning was wearing considerably less than you, a definite shortage of fig leaves along the bank.
i wouldn't dare to do that - but of course I'm an ugly old fart ;-)

This time a proper inland water temp:

River Dee, Chester Groves, 6-6-14: 14.5C

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Imageme_selfie_Chester_Dee 6-6-14 by Wildswimmer Pete, on Flickr

Yes, I wore my dayglo swim cap 'cos that stretch of the river is like the aquatic version of the M6 with paddlers, rowers and even the river tour cruisers.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:27 pm

Three for the price of one:

River Severn, Shrewsbury (Sydney Ave.), 18th June '14: 19C

Ditto, 22nd June '14: 18.5C

River Weaver, Frodsham (Frodsham Bridge), 5th July '14: 19C


R.Weaver temp. a little low for early July but there's been quite a bit of rain in the catchment. At this time of year it should be 21-25C. Mind you, as soon the water temp rises above 21C or so swimming in the river is like being in pea soup.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:29 pm

River Weaver, Frodsham (Frodsham Bridge), 12th July '14: 21C

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:54 pm

River Weaver, Frodsham (Frodsham Bridge), 17th July '14: 22.5C (72.5F)

Put temp in red 'cos water temp is now in the 70s F

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:31 pm

Lyn Tegid (Bala Lake), N.Wales, 21st July 2014: 22C (72F)

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:33 pm

BOGOF today ;-)

River Eiddew, nr, L.Vyrnwy, N.Wales 22nd July '14: 18C (64F)

Not navigable but included to give an idea of water temps. in the area - you aren't allowed to swim in the lake itself.

River Onny, Onny Meadows (Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre), Craven Arms, Shropshire 23rd July '14: 19C (66F)

Very little current, no doubt down to the past warm and mostly dry weather. In fact the ground in the Meadows is rock-hard.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:31 pm

River Weaver, Frodsham (Frodsham Bridge), 26th July '14: 22.5C (72.5F)

Basically a repeat of the fortnight-earlier reading. Water still relatively clear despite the continuing warm conditions. Little or no current and river level normal.

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Post by Wildswimmer Pete » Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:05 pm

Another BOGOF:

River Hart, Hartley Wintley, Hampshire 6th August '14: 16.5C (62F)

A small river that I think could just about navigated by a small kayak, but it's a Hampshire chalk stream and given the area is the richest part of the UK I don't think the angling fraternity would be too happy. Where I dipped (the water was only knee-deep so it was just a cold bath) the river was forded by a public footpath so I didn't commit trespass.

River Clyde, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell (Nr. Glasgow) 9th August '14: 16C (61F)

Fast current - I was "swimming on the spot" to just maintain my position. Water clarity excellent and very peaty.

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