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Weather Service: Wind-Driven Currents Bring Cold Water To Jersey Shore

Good News: Temps Should Go Back Up In The Next Week Or So
Seaside Heights, N.J. (file / credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Seaside Heights, N.J. (file / credit: Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - If you’ve tried to cool off in the Atlantic Ocean lately, you may have gotten a bit of a surprise. The waters along the Jersey Shore have been more than cool, they’ve been downright frosty.

The National Weather Service’s Mitchell Gaines, based in Mount Holly, told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney that wind-driven currents have brought the colder water that’s on the bottom up to the surface.

Gaines said some spots have been down into the 60s or even 50s, but it varies from day to day and location to location.

“That’s happened from time to time. But this year, based on the current from the flow of water, it’s been more of a common [occurrence],” Gaines said.

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The good news is that this is only a temporary phenomenon.

“We’re expecting over the course of the next week for it to stay relatively warm. So that’ll mean a gradual rise in the water temperatures,” Gaines said.

Some spots are already warming back up into the 70s.

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