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Warm temperatures; the dangers of early season swimming

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - The warmest temperatures of 2015 rolled through Western Massachusetts on Sunday.

However, it is advised not to swim in area ponds and rivers for at least a few more weeks.

"It's heating up outside but water is still in the upper 50's at best on the surface," Ofc. Chad Foisy of the Chicopee Police Department's Underwater Response team said. "It gets colder the deeper you go."

Foisy added that currents you can see visibly on the top of the water surface do not translate to underwater currents.

Danger is likely to loom underwater where objects cannot be seen.

"Unfortunately, not everybody cleans up after themselves," Foisy said. "We do see broken glass, metal and fishing hooks; things you cannot see when you're walking through the water."

If going to swim, always be with at least one more person or a 'buddy'. The best option is to swim in a protected area by supervision or a lifeguard.

It is suggested to wait a little bit longer before heading out to swim in area rivers.

"Water levels are subsiding a little bit," Foisy said. "It's still a little bit higher, certainly colder and faster than what we'll see in the summer."

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