Wildswimmer Pete

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About Wildswimmer Pete

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  • Birthday 21/04/50

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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. But it's MY point of view. As an elderly person I would prefer heat rather winter cold however instances of 30C twinned with high humidity are very rare. I'm asthmatic and at risk of pulmonary oedema. Humid heat is great for my chest. Please enlighten us. I think we need to agree to disagree.
  2. You are writing from the south coast. I live 250 miles further north. I lived in Southampton for a couple of years during the 1950s and can assure you the climate in the Merseyside area is significantly different from that of the south coast.
  3. I'm not really interested in any figures from France, their health system is quite different from ours as is their climate. I well remember Summer '76 and I don't recollect a significant loss of the elderly due to heat compared to the estimated 50,000 annually killed by the British winter. One problem with the elderly is that they don't dress for the heat so that's a problem of culture - little old ladies swathed in heavy winter coats during the rare times we actually make 80F. As the body ages it eventually loses the ability to regulate internal temp. in the face of highly variable ambient temp. However it is far cheaper to cool down in hot weather than forking out a small fortune in heating during the 37-week heating season in the UK. Not heard of having to choose between heating or eating?
  4. Same here. Those who adore the endless chill of our now "Forever Autumn" climate forget that the older you get, your ability to withstand cold lessens. At the end of April I'm still having to use the central heating - my living room temp is only 19C so I'm not actually living in a sauna. I should remind the coldies of the awful cull of the sick or elderly (and at 67 that includes me) that happens every year between November and March. This April has been just another late winter month with only that one weekend we saw the sort of temperature we normally expect - I wouldn't even describe 18-20C as especially warm, only compared to our now usual daily fare of 10-13C. I'm holding out hope for the coming weekend when we might see something warmer with temps of at least 16C. Is this week's cold shot the final SSW event of the season?
  5. Stuff that for a game of soldiers. It's the end of April and I don't want to see a return to winter no matter how brief. "Cold hating nancies can wait a bit longer lol." A "Nancie" like me? That's a 1" thick slab of ice.
  6. Passable today, even managed to catch some rays around lunchtime as long I was sheltered from that cold breeze. Monday night managed 1.7C overnight and given my sheltered garden sensor I suspect out on the fields there could well have been a ground frost.
  7. Yet another cold, mostly grey Easter. Looks like my birthday could again be marred by wintry weather just like last year. Whatever happened to my childhood/teen Easters when the dress code was T-shirt/shorts? And no, it's not the wearing of rose-coloured spectacles, my memories of the time are remarkably clear. We seem to be entering the now usual spring/summer rut:of a couple of passable days like last weekend followed by weeks of cold NW/N/NE winds with endless grey days followed by cold, frosty nights.
  8. On BBC CountryFile "Video Diary" on winter swimmers shot at New Brighton, Wirral, on Valentine's Day 2008. The week up to then had been extremely cold with Merseyrail trains frozen to the tracks overnight but my day was wall-to-wall sunshine and an air temp of 10C (bear in mind this was February). I was in the water at 7C most of the day so was treated to a huge fry-up for lunch to keep up my calorie expenditure needed to maintain core temp.
  9. This was Pickmere (Cheshire) on Saturday afternoon, air temp around 17C and water temp 13C (about right for time of the year). Gloriously warm and sunny this afternoon (Sunday) with the breeze actually feeling warm as I cycled to Brookvale Recreation Centre (Runcorn) to do my Swimathon in tiles and chlorine. However when I left the Centre four hours later it was cloudy and a very cold breeze. had got up. According to my (sheltered) garden sensor I got a got a max of 24C but when I was out on my bike I'd say the true temp. was more like 21C. Coming home the temp was 14C and falling quickly. 6-7C drop in 4 hours! Did quite well in my Swimathon - was down for 2.5k.
  10. March of course is the first month we can realistically see the first 20C in the UK. Looking at the model thread there signs of a warm second half of March. Given that March came in like a lion with Doris it hopefully will be going out like a lamb.
  11. Now continuous moderate rain and temp down to 2.3C. Light breeze.
  12. Yes, the Water Tower! Of course there wasn't a cell base station when I lived there (1950s/60s). I remember watching when the Water Tower had its "roof" put on in 1960.
  13. Thurstaston Hill or Heswall Water Tower?
  14. Moderate to heavy rain but seems to be just rain. Little or no breeze and outdoor temp 3.7C
  15. 14:47 Now snowing quite heavily with large flakes but not currently sticking.