Often found myself wondering how cold the water actually is. We all have our own internal thermostats that give us a guestimate of what we reckon we think it is, but how close are we really?
I decided that this coming winter would be a good time to test how accurate we really are when it comes to putting a number on it. Went and found a pool thermometer at the local hardware store (Granville Wests pop's place at the back of Summerstrand village. For those of you who don't know, Granny was one of PE's best goofy's, but bailed to CT a while back.)
Did a coupla exceedingly scientific tests (not) to find out what the temps of things we were familiar with were, as that could be a good starting reference. Turns out that the water that comes straight outta ya tap is about 26C, the water you'd comfortably bath or shower in is 40C and water with some ice cubes gooi'd in cools itself down to a chilly 10C.
So there we have it, you can no longer say the water's as warm as a bath, cos you'd be way wrong. Unlikely we're gonna get 40C water here, or anywhere for that matter. If it's nice n toasty and you out there in your boardies and some ou asks what the water temp is, you gonna have to say, "warm as the tap bra". Doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily does it.
There are certainly the odd occasions when the water temps in the bay plummet - you can usually spot it when the waters that olive green colour - bad sign! But it's still unlikely to get as cold as 10C, which is the glass of water with ice in. Most of the time it's bottom out at around 14C. Which is still flipping cold, and you'd certainly be happier with a hoodie and boots.
Got the thermometer at the ready for when next some cold water hits the shores...let's see what winter can throw at us.