Taste of Summer Brings Swimmers, Unruly Crowds to Hampton, NH
A summer night brought unruly crowds to Hampton Beach on Friday night.
Temperatures in the 80s inland during the day on Friday attracted "large groups" to the beach, some of which were broken up by Hampton police officers.
These groups reformed on Ocean Boulevard where they continued to disrupt traffic, resulting in police from around Rockingham County to be brought in.
"Several arrests were made throughout the day and during the dispersal for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and alcohol offenses. No injuries or damage occurred," Hampton Police wrote on their Facebook page.
The crowds could be back on Saturday as temperatures look to be headed for the upper 80s inland and mid 80s along the immediate coast.
Hampton Beach was already filled with beachgoers by 10:30 a.m. as temperatures approached 80 degrees.
"We have been under the influence of high pressure along with winds blowing primarily from the south. These two factors combined have allowed temperatures to soar recently, and will continue to soar Saturday," the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said.
Warm Air, Cold Water
The warm weather will also send many to the lake and ocean to cool off, which may not be the best idea according to forecasters in Gray. They warn that while the air is unseasonably warm, the water is seasonably cold, which means temperatures will be around 50.
"The cold water temperatures can quickly cause hypothermia to anyone immersed in the water. According to the US Coast Guard, when the water temperatures are below 50 degrees, the chance of immediate incapacitation due to cold shock is extremely high," forecasts said in a statement.
Boaters should wear a life jacket and let someone know where they are headed.
The taste of summer will come to an end Saturday night as a front moves across northern New England, bringing clouds and an increased chance of showers and thunderstorms. High temperatures will drop to the 70s on Sunday.
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