Mild weather encourages thousands to take part in New Year swims

The mild weather encouraged record numbers of people to take part in New Year swims this year, news agency ANP reports.

In Scheveningen, the 10,000 tickets were sold out half an hour before the official swim began, which has never happened before, an organiser said.

In total, organized swims took place at 89 different locations.

The sea temperature is currently around 8 Celsius. Last year it was 4 Celsius and 20 swims were cancelled because of the freezing conditions.

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