Officials Warn About Going into Cold Lakes & Streams

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/07 2014 06:17PM

Updated 05/07 2014 06:19PM

Even though it's getting warmer out, don't be tempted to take a dip in the lake.

While the air may feel warmer, it takes a lot longer for the lake to warm up.

The National Weather Service issued a cold water warning Wednesday reminding people to be cautious. Right now, Lake Champlain is hovering around 40 degrees and if you fall into water that cold, hypothermia can set in quickly.

"Because the water is still so cold it's probably best to have a dry suit so that if you do fall in that will add a little bit more protection, a little more time for your body to stay warm in order for you to swim to safety or get saved," NWS Meteorologist Andy Nash said. 

The lake will continue to be pretty cold for at least the next six weeks.

Meteorologists say by late July - early August  the lake should be at its warmest temperature, which is usually in the low 70's.

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