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Wildswimmer Pete

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    Runcorn, Greater Liverpool
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    Wild swimming, bare-skin winter swimming, vintage radio collecting and repair. Retired(supposedly)industrial electronics engineer available for part-time work. Experience of industrial chemistry and Hazchem trained. All round moaning old fart and officially a cyborg!
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    Sunny and blisteringly hot

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  1. Northwest England regional thread 3 /3 onwards

    Suitably hot today for catching some rays although I missed the hottest part of the day because I was swimming this afternoon, sadly indoors. First completely cloud-free day I've experienced for over 5 years.
  2. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Too cold for sunbathing today, also quite cloudy now however trees and shrubs are now putting on a spurt with buds preparing to open.
  3. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    It can be if done in moderation. Sunbeds are not a good idea as their spectrum has has little resemblance to natural sunlight. I resent being lectured over my health by those much younger. If I've made it to 68 without serious mishap (other than a congenital heart defect) I must be doing something right. Exposure to sunlight has been found to be beneficial to heart health and as I have a buggered heart I'll follow that advice.
  4. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    At 68 and after 50-odd years' sunbathing I don't really think I need to be concerned about the risk of melanoma. I turn red before I develop a tan but I don't burn, and that's the critical concern. I don't even have any moles.
  5. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Very different from yesterday, chilly and grey but I'm going swimming indoors this afternoon so not too bothered (I can show off the reddish pre-tan I got yesterday ). I do hope the forecast warm weather really does materialise.
  6. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Not Liverpool, Runcorn. We're in the Liverpool City Area but not the city itself.
  7. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    I'll take it back. Mostly sunny, 15C and I've been sunbathing topless so happy.
  8. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Sea temps are low for the time of the year, especially the North Sea (as you'd expect). Current sea temps in Liverpool Bay just 6C. Bear in mind I'm a bare-skin winter swimmer and I record water temps whenever I swim outdoors - my own measurements are taken using the method stipulated by FINA. At New Brighton I expect to see 11-12C in late April which won't happen this year.
  9. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    Not here. Forecast temps over the weekend 13-15C, merely what you'd expect at this time of year although an improvement on the January temps we've been enduring for almost 6 months. "Warm temps" (19-20C) expected next Wed and Thurs. So for me it's still a case of "jam tomorrow".
  10. Spring 2018 - Moans, Ramps, Chat etc

    It's been a long time since we've had an April as relentlessly cold as this one. Lunchtime on a mid-April day: 7C, what you'd expect in January or February. I'll be surprised if the promised warm weather actually materialises, it's always a case of "jam in a week's time".
  11. Is this a sign of impending pattern change and/or the end of the influence of the recent SSW?
  12. We'll have to agree to disagree. Winter '63 was OK at the beginning but not when it lasted until to the last week of April. In my area the main snowfall thawed at the end of February but we then endured continual cold weather with wintry showers through March and April. Much like this year up to now. I'm cheesed off with the current 5-month long winter. A lot of us would prefer to see all four seasons of the correct length back in their rightful positions. Note my emphasis - I lived in Wirral at that time.
  13. ............and followed by that awful winter. I lived through that.
  14. First 20c ! where and when

    Often March saw the first 20C but obviously not this year. Together with others I'm hoping for it in late April especially as we are looking at yet another cold shot in mid-April. Wish this *+%"@* winter would crawl into its grave and die.
  15. UK Tanning Season Begins Now!

    I'm looking forward to the time I can catch the rays in just shorts in my south-facing back garden however it looks like cold weather for the foreseeable future.