Water Temperatures Still Dangerously Cold on Lake Champlain Ahead of Summer Like Weather

Colchester, Vt. - With summer like weather moving in this week, you may be drawn to the water. But water temperatures are still dangerously cold.

"The warm weather has allowed for people to venture out  and the water temperature are still quite cold," said Chief Michael Cannon of Colchester Technical Rescue. 

Just this past weekend on Malletts Bay Christopher Shane Brown lost his life when a canoe he was on capsized. He was not wearing a life jacket.

"You know with 46 to 47 degree water, with in five minutes you are not able to function well in the water. You lose all the dexterity in your extremities," said Chief Cannon.

Cannon believes if Brown was wearing an appropriate life vest, the outcome would have been different.

"I think the nice day with the temperatures in the 70s were a false sense for them to believe that the water was the same," said Chief Cannon.

You might be wondering, why doesn't the lake heat up as quickly as the atmosphere? It takes more energy to heat up water than it does air. That is why we see our highest lake temperatures in the late summer. 

"You want to make sure if you are venturing out on the water that you have a plan filed. That way someone knows where you are," said Chief Cannon.

It's critical information that, if necessary, can be used to aid in rescue efforts. 

"You want to make sure you have a coast guard approve flotation device with you. Cell phones are good to have, as long as you are able to keep them dry," said Chief Cannon.

Water temperatures don't normally hit the mid 60s until the end of June. Until then practice caution around any body of water. 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 


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