Wednesday 01 February 2023

Tens of thousands take part in New Year swims

Thousands of people braved the chilly waters of the North Sea for a traditional New Year’s dip on Wednesday.

With a sea temperature of 7.5 Celsius, the water was ‘relatively warm’, Nos television said.

The main event takes place at the seaside resort of Scheveningen, where some 10,000 people took a dip.

Dozens of other swims took place around the country, bringing the total of swimmers to around 46,000.

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