...National Weather Service Cold Water Safety Message...
* The warm air temperatures this weekend in the upper 60s to lower
70s may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold
water temperatures which are currently only in the mid 50s on the
lakes and around 60 on the rivers.
* The cold water temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia to anyone
immersed in the water. According to the Maine Warden Service, when
the water temperature is below 60 degrees, the average submerged
person could lose dexterity within minutes and be unable to
accomplish simple tasks. Anyone on small boats, canoes or kayaks
should plan accordingly if recreating this weekend and use extreme
caution to avoid this threat. Paddle smart from the start and
always wear your life jacket!