Warning: Northamptonshire's reservoirs can be killers in hot weather

"Diving into the cool water can be appealing on hot days .. but they are extremely dangerous for even the strongest swimmer"

By Kevin Nicholls
Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 11:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 11:38 am

Anglian Water is urging swimmers to resist the temptation to take a dip in reservoirs as temperatures soar in Northamptonshire this week.

Weather watchers are forecasting thermometers could hit 34°C in the county on Wednesday and Thursday.Indoor leisure pools are still closed by the Covid-19 crisis so the water company fears many could head outdoors to open water to cool off.

Parks including those at Pitsford, Hollowell and Ravensthorpe recently reopened to visitors following the Covid-19 lockdown but Anglian Water's David Hartley warned: "Swimming in our reservoirs is illegal.

"It might seem appealing to dive into the cool water on a hot day but they are operational sites, and can be extremely dangerous for even the strongest swimmer."

"Even more than usual this year, with the current measures in place around social distancing and the added pressures on our emergency services, we are urging people not to put themselves at unnecessary risk.

"There are many other activities available at our parks out of the water available like scenic walking and cycling routes, angling, and much more so there is still plenty to enjoy safely."

DON'T FORGET: You can check the latest weather forecasts on the Chronicle & Echo website in association with @NNweather HERE.

Pitsford Reservoir is popular with visitors during hot weather. Photo: Getty Images

Strong currents in reservoirs and hidden machinery just below the surface can trap swimmers.

Unexpectedly cold temperatures in large bodies of open water can also cause cold water shock resulting in involuntary inhalation of water, often resulting in drowning.

For further information about what is available at each of Anglian Water's waterparks, please visit www.anglianwaterparks.co.uk.

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