Beaches/Swimming

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Jul 8th, 2002, 06:43 AM
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matt
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Beaches/Swimming

What is the average water temp in PEI during the summer months? I am from Massachusetts, so I am used to tepid water but wonder if the water is a lot colder in PEI. Thanks
 
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Jul 8th, 2002, 11:55 AM
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PEI touts itself as having the warmest water north of Virginia. I've gone to the more secluded beaches away from the National Park and the water is quite warm, certainly warmer than what you would see in Mass. The National Park has more of an ocean beach with surf. It may be somewhat colder.
 
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Jul 8th, 2002, 01:53 PM
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The currents make the water temperature patterns somewhat counter-intuitive.

Both sides of Prince Edward Island, and the stretch of New Brunswick (and a little Nova Scotia) that is along the Northumberland Strait, opposite PEI, is very warm compared to most of the rest of Atlantic Canada. Maine (the beaches at Acadia) and Northern Mass. (the beaches at Cape Ann and Gloucester) water is much colder.

The tides in PEI and along the new Brunswick coast, along with the sandy bottoms, result in lots of little weed-free tidal pools when the tides are out. These pools warm up, so when the tides are out little kids have great places to play in the water for longer periods than they oculd stand in the chill of Maine, too.

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Jul 15th, 2002, 03:12 AM
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PEI does in fact claim to have the warmest salt water north of Virginia - which is crap !!

The ocean water in PEI will be moderately warm in mid-summer, probably about 72 degrees. This is not as warm as Cape Cod or some other locations between Virginia nd PEI.
 
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Jul 15th, 2002, 05:59 AM
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I still had no idea that the water would be that warm. I am from north of the cape, near Plymouth, and am used to water near 68. I thought PEI water would be near 60. If it is as warm or warmer than home, great!
 
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