National Weather Service issues cold water warning
BURLINGTON, Vt. — The National Weather Service issued a safety message about the potential danger of cold water for this weekend in Vermont and northeastern New York.
“Warm afternoon air temperatures this weekend in the lower to mid 70s may cause people to underestimate the dangers of the cold water temperatures which are currently only in the lower to mid 50s on Lake Champlain, and in the upper 50s to lower 60s in the region’s smaller lakes and rivers.
“The cold water temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia to anyone immersed in the water. When the water temperature is below 60 degrees, the average submerged person could loose 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!”