Many of us have sought refuge in London’s outdoor pools as of late to help us avoid melting into little human puddles on the streets of the capital.
With 29 degree heat yesterday and many at 28C over previous days the best place you can be is within the water. Or so it feels – watch out for that shoulder burn, it’ll get ya!
Whether it be the ponds of Hampstead Heath, Hackney’s West Reservoir, the Royal Docks or one of London’s many lidos the outdoor swimming scene has been a saving grace this summer and for many summers past (remember that time it was 39 degrees one summer? I do, even if I wish I didn’t).
Unfortunately though, anyone who’s got into the swing of swimming daily thanks to the heat may have a rude awakening this week as many pools risk being shut down with little notice.
The reason behind it is the same reason for their popularity: the weather.
Specifically, thunderstorms. With any risk of thunderstorms, outdoor pools will be obliged to shut and get people out of the water due to the risk of lightning strikes.
Lightning works as a conductor in water and could potentially electrocute multiple humans swimming in a body of water outside, which is pretty damn scary if you ask me.
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I like my swims as much as the next gal, but I also don’t want to become smoked salmon any time soon – you feel me?
One Parliament Hill Lido user said: “I have been in the water when they whistle and shout to get you out. If there is any lightning and thunder it will close.”
The casual rule put in place in many establishments, including the Lido, is that pool users may re-enter the water 20 minutes after the last lightning strike, so your swim might not be totally impossible.
And if you hear the rumble of thunder and crack of lightning in the next few days, maybe do a quick evaluation before you dive into that big ol’ body of water.