Warmer summer waters can bring an array of threats to the beaches. With more populations heading to the coast for vacation, more people are susceptible to inclement beach weather conditions. Temperature rises in the ocean can also bring an increase in sea creatures such as jellyfish and sharks, and allows for the growth of bacteria and the spread of infections.
We asked our fans to tell us in a poll which summertime beach threat caused them the most trepidation. Sharks took a significant lead, despite the fact that there is a greater risk of being injured or killed in a boating accident than being attacked by a shark. Rip currents, which are one of the most deadly aspects of the ocean, only took 20 percent of the votes.
The most common beach threats mentioned by the "other" voters were sunburn and skin cancer.
Drenching downpours, locally gusty thunderstorms and squalls at sea will continue in and around Florida through much of the week.
A heat wave will build, then recede in the Northeast this week with the most humid air focused on the Interstate 95 corridor.
Flooding monsoon rain will continue this week in India and southeast Pakistan, but a drier pattern is expected to set in during August.
The Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden is giving travlers a chance to sample weather at various destinations around the world through the use of the Climate Portal.
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