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Freakishly warm

Normally at this time of year I expect to wear a wetsuit and a neoprene hat, and still suffer from brain freeze. This weekend (Easter!) I swam in the Thames near Teddington Lock without either, and didn’t suffer at all. After a week of sunshine, I’d expected the water to be tolerable, but it felt warmer than August last year – almost freakishly warm.
Unfortunately I don’t yet have a thermometer so can’t be objective about the temperature, but having swum two weekends ago in 15 degree water, I’m confident it was significantly warmer than that, in April!

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I created Outdoor Swimmer in 2011 (initially as H2Open Magazine) as an outlet for my passion for swimming outdoors. I've been a swimmer and outdoor swimmer for as long as I remember. Swimming has made a huge difference to my life and I want to share its joys and benefits with as many people as possible. I am also the author of Swim Wild & Free: A Practical Guide to Swimming Outdoors 365 a Year and I provide one-to-one support to swimmers through Swim Mentoring.