What's the first month of the year you can go in the water, and where do you live?
I've lived in Seattle for about 1.5 years, and the northern water is so cold here that you really can't swim until about July or August without a wetsuit. Even then, the water is really cold!
But I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and since those places are in the Midwest and South and it's so hot and humid there, you can swim there as early as April or May. Eastern TN's water is icy cold too because it's mountain water, but it's so hot in summers that it's a welcome reprieve.
I knew it rained in Seattle, but I didn't think you had to swim with a wetsuit until July or August. I do like the idea of the icy mountain water in TN during all of those days of incredible heat in the summer though.
April is a good month to start, up until October.
I don't like swimming that much but here in Valencia, Spain the climate is excellent and we enjoy 300 days of sun every year.
I went to the beach last week, enjoying free time, reading my book and loving the warm sun on a windy day.
Here in Brazil, we normally go in the water just after the stroke of midnight, New Years.
Does that qualify as really, really early?
We live in Montana so the water would be lake water and it is ice cold until about mid-July. By then it is still really cold but tolerable for some (not me!).
I'm in the south eastern part of the USA and we were swimming in a pool (heated only by sun) last month. The end of this month should be a good time to start getting in the lake.
Here in Brazil, any time and all the time. It is a constant 86 degrees where I live.
I would have to get used to 86 degrees if it was that hot everyday. I would be in the water all of the time. The good thing for you is that you don't have to put up with the ice and snow like we do in Michigan.
I live in the Sierra Foothills of northern California. We swim in the Yuba River, usually in late June. Before that, not only is it really cold, but the river is high and fast from the melting snow.
I live in the tropics, Philippines, so you can swim pretty much at any time.
Rivers and the ocean may be too fast / turbid during the rains and just after but there is no problem with temperature.
We often go for walks during the Monsoons without anything like rain suits or umbrellas, just wear as little as possible and realize that you can only get so wet.
Lightning can be a concern at times as we get some incredibly intense electrical storms with hundreds of strikes in minutes. I've seen 8 bolts crossing the sky at the same time in different directions and I've seen numerous times when there is no way to count.
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