Warning: Bay is Still Dangerously Cold Despite Higher Temps

Maryland Natural Resources Police

Even though we’re finally seeing relief from the deep freeze in early January, don’t be fooled by the balmy 40-degree air temperatures. The water in some of the Bay region is still down in the low 30s, and that’s downright dangerous.

It’s a lesson a kayaker learned the hard way Thursday morning, after falling into the water a quarter of a mile from shore on the Patapsco River in Pasadena, Maryland. Maryland Natural Resources Police say the kayaker was a person in their 40s, and was conscious and breathing when rescued. The victim was then taken to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. The water temperature at the time was in the low 30s.

Just a little farther south, Sandy Point State Park warned boaters about the near-freezing water temperatures. The boat ramps and pond at the state park are still iced in and not very accessible. And even when the ice does start to break up, a refreeze is expected Sunday through the following week.