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.
Expanding rainfall will bring good news and bad news for people in the northeastern United States into early next week.
Following an outbreak of severe thunderstorms at midweek, more storms will ignite over the southern Plains and will include the potential for flash flooding into the weekend.
Those looking forward to traveling or spending the bank holiday weekend outdoors across the United Kingdom will face bouts of rain and increasingly gusty winds.
Rain will threaten to put a damper on Walpurgis Night and May Day festivities across parts of Germany this weekend.
Enough cold air will be in place for another round of heavy snow to fall across Colorado, including Denver, to end the week.
United States (1992)
Record cold in the East and record heat in the West on the same day. Record Lows: Location New Record Old Record Nashville, TN 35 36/1988 Chattanooga, TN 33 35/1967 Tallahassee, FL 34 38/1928 Spartansburg, SC 32 36/1973 Record Highs: Tucson, AZ 102 99/1943 El Paso, TX 95T 95/1943 Boise, ID 89 88/1926 Pocatello, ID 86 82/1926
Anchorage, AK (997)
A rare April thunderstorm.
Washington, DC (1874)
30 degrees -- latest freezing temperature on record.