COLD FISH: Ron Carr braves the temperature to swim year-round at Kings Beach every morning with the Stunned Mullets. He is pictured here with fellow Mullet Barry Thomas in 2011.
COLD FISH: Ron Carr braves the temperature to swim year-round at Kings Beach every morning with the Stunned Mullets. He is pictured here with fellow Mullet Barry Thomas in 2011. Kari Bourne

Believe it or not, getting wet can warm you up

GETTING wet might be the way to warm up when the forecast cold snap hits as water temperatures on the Sunshine Coast are warmer than the air temperature.

The water temperature of 22 degrees was 10 degrees more than the minimum of 12.6 at 6.30am this morning and also more than the maximum of 20.8 at 3pm.

From Friday, overnight minimums are set to fall to between six and nine degrees and maximums will be between 18 and 21 for a few days, making a swim seem downright attractive.

Ron Carr, a member of the Stunned Mullets, a group of hardcore swimmer who take to the water at Kings Beach year-round, agreed that he was better off in the water in the mornings than out of it at this time of year.

"The best way I can describe it is that the water is warmer than the air temperature," he said.

"It's really not that bad.

"I swim for anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes and I get out. I just swim in my togs but some of the fellows in the Stunned Mullets stay in a bit longer and have wetsuits."

Mr Carr, 76, said he warmed up afttewards by simply by putting on some warm clothes.

"If I had a hot shower when I came from the beach, I'd probably warmer up more but I don't," he said.

"I have a shower at the Pavilion. People think it's cold but it's warmer than the air as well.

"I put on a tracksuit and a jacket and I usually have a cap on because I've got no hair and I'm comfortable, and I walk home and have my breakfast."


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