Thousands brave the chilly sea for New Year’s Day swim

Thousands of people took part in a January 1 swim in the sea or in lakes and rivers, Nos television reported.


Some 10,000 people took a dip in the sea at Scheveningen, traditionally the biggest of the New Year’s Day swims. The sea temperature was 7 Celsius, one degree colder than last year, but felt chillier because of the wind.
Dozens of other swims were held at other seaside and inland water resorts. In total, some 37,000 people took the plunge, Nos said.
River swims were cancelled in some places because of the high water levels, which made it too dangerous.

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