Despite Heat, Lakes Still Plenty Cold In SD
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
May 14, 2013 11:01 PM
With the extreme temperatures, Tuesday, many worry about sun burns and heat stroke. But, with Mother Nature skipping spring and jumping right to summer, lakes in the area are still pretty chilly.
“In as little as 15 minutes in these water temperatures you could start to feel the effects. You would start to shiver. You would lose some of your dexterity,” said Todd St. Sauver.
Shivering is the first sign of hypothermia. So if you are cooling off in a lake or river that's probably the best time to start heading for the shore.
But, the effects of the cold vary from person to person.
“In these water temperatures, you would expect to be affected by that with as little as 15 minutes. There are a lot of other factors, like body size,” said St. Sauver.
But with ice off the lakes, fisherman will begin to boat and if something were to go wrong, a long time in the water could be problematic.
“if you were boating and had an accident and fell overboard, for whatever reason, it would be important to get out of the water as soon as possible, even if it's 90 degrees outside,” said St. Sauver.
Enjoying the lakes is a great way to cool off. But, so early into the summer like season, officials remind people to use caution.