English Channel temps rise above 50F, hurray!

The water temp in the English Channel has begun to rise above 50F. This is the natural spring-time tendency of the channel and it’s great news for us swimmers. NOAA shows us water temps, conditions and neat little graphs that I wish had a longer time-scale.

24-hour plot - Wind Direction Wind Direction (WDIR): SSW ( 210 deg true )
24-hour plot - Wind Speed Wind Speed (WSPD): 15.9 kts
24-hour plot - Wave Height Wave Height (WVHT): 3.3 ft
24-hour plot - Air Temperature Air Temperature (ATMP): 50.2 °F
24-hour plot - Water Temperature Water Temperature (WTMP): 50.2 °F
24-hour plot - Wind Chill Wind Chill (CHILL): 44.2 °F

[UPDATE] Another online service provides a color map of sea temperatures.


Special thanks for Mark Robson (fellow blogger and Channel aspirant) for clueing us in on the NOAA website and the color map.

One thought on “English Channel temps rise above 50F, hurray!

  1. Hi Neal….thanks for your comment :)
    I was on this website ages back when I was first looking into swimming the channel, I think that what ye are planning to do is amazing…for me, swimming the channel itself is going to be a big enough challenge, I don’t know how ye are managing to train for all that cycling too!!
    I’m not swimming until next year, I’m booked to swim with Lance Oram between the 11th and 16th of September 2009. It feels very far away for now, but I’m sure that it will arrive soon enough!
    Good luck with the rest of the training, only 7 weeks to go now which must be very exciting…or maybe just very scary?!