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Ocean water temperature off New Jersey colder than normal

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 12 2013 12:09:09 PM CDT
Atlantic City, New Jersey beach - shore - ocean

AP

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -

It's been a summer of extremes for beach-goers along the New Jersey shore.

Those who jump into the ocean for relief from the hot and humid air are met with a chilly jolt. Ocean temperatures have been in the 50s and low 60s this month.

Jim Bunker, with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, said southerly winds have created an upwelling effect, bringing colder water from the bottom of the ocean to near the surface.

Beach-goers shouldn't have to wait long for the surf to be in the 70s. The trend is changing and ocean temperatures are starting to return to normal, Bunker said.