Bodies of water not yet suitable for swimming

Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, dizziness and nausea

SHELBURNE FALLS (WWLP) – With the 22News Storm Team forecasting temperatures in the 80s again for this week, it may be tempting to get into ponds and lakes.

It may not be the best idea, however, because though temperatures are rising, waters in ponds and lakes are still very cold.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation advises not to get into the water quite yet, because water temperatures in Massachusetts ponds and lakes are in the 40s and 50s.

Swimming in such cold waters, even for short periods of time, can cause hypothermia.

One Shelburne Falls resident told 22News, with risings temps, it’s hard NOT to get into the water. “I desperately want to. I love the experience of swimming, which may be cold, and I prefer to not get hypothermia.”

Some symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, dizziness and nausea.

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