Although world famous and thought by many to be perpetually sunny Bondi’s tourist season definitely has its highs and lows. But this might be to the benefit of locals as it seems that once the tourist population dies down, at the end of summer, Bondi beach heats up.
In the recent weeks Bondi has been recording some record temperatures in the water, much to the benefit of those locals who were putting off their beach season to avoid the crowds. In fact for the recent Bondi Blue Water Challenge organisers recorded a temperature of 21 degrees with a temperature of 20-21 in the week preceding it.
But this might not be happy chance for those people who are making the most of warm water. People like Alan Scott, who has been swimming Bondi’s waters for 50 years, aren’t surprised.
“The water temperature is 21 now and that’s not unusual. It takes a while to get colder, but then it stays colder for longer. In October and November the water is often still freezing.”
Alan’s forecast was correct for last year, where more than 100 people were treated for hypothermia in the spring heat of November during an event at Bondi Beach. The temperature at the time was around 15 degrees in the water.
So what does this mean heading into the winter months? Well perhaps that last swim you were planning can wait a few weeks, and you can get a few good swims in between. In fact even the tourists seem to be picking up on the warm waters, reports say that the end of the tourists season is recording numbers very similar to its peak back in summer months like January and February. So if you’ve got an afternoon to spend, a surf is on the cards after all.
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