Perth’s chilly weather fails to deter early morning swimmers


Picture: Jon Bassett
Picture: Jon Bassett

MORNING swims at Cottesloe Beach did not stop when Perth air temperatures dropped to about 0.6C about 7am this morning.

“It was a bit nippy, but it wakes me up,” Cottesloe resident Roger James said.

It was the coldest night since 0.4C was recorded on July 25, 2012, but the swimmers enjoy sea temperatures a lot higher because the water losses heat slower than air.

A swim each day is part of life’s regime for health and longevity researcher David Miller, who took a plunge near the beach’s iconic pylon.

Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club member Penny Smith bodysurfed a couple of lazy waves before joining other adventurous members for hot coffee at the clubrooms.

Temperatures are forecast to jump to a relatively balmy 11C tomorrow night.

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