Are You Outdoors This Weekend? Wear Orange, Stay Away From the Ocean
If you are headed outdoors during the upcoming weekend, there are two pieces of advice: wear orange and don't go in the ocean.
Hikers and hunters will be sharing the woods, as several hunting seasons are underway including black bear, waterfowl, deer, fall turkey, and small game, according to New Hampshire Fish & Game. Orange on both people and pets will keep both safe, according to Josh Mackay, who coordinates the Hunter Education Program at New Hampshire Fish and Game
"Wearing blaze orange has statistically been shown to decrease hunting incidents across the country,” Mackay said.
Mackay also recommended sticking to established trails when hiking, and reviewing the safe hiking guidelines at hikesafe.com.
It's also a good idea to bust out the winter gear. Wind gusts of up to 40 mph out of the northwest will make it dangerous for hikers without it, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.
Hurricane Fiona's Influence
While temperatures will not be ideal for a swim in the ocean, with high temperatures around 70, surfers may be tempted by the expected five to seven-foot waves generated by Hurricane Fiona east of the Seacoast.
A High Surf Advisory is in effect Saturday and Sunday for dangerous swimming and surfing conditions and localized beach erosion. Life-threatening rip currents are possible.
A high pressure area will move in, causing winds to diminish for Sunday.
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