Amid warm temps, AZ lakes, canals deadly cold

Posted at 6:06 AM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 08:06:29-05

State officials are warning Arizonans that water in lakes and rivers remains deadly cold despite recent warm air temperatures.

Parts of Arizona have had record-setting temperatures in the 80s and 90s recently, but the Game and Fish Department says water temperatures in popular boating havens remain in the 50s and 60s.

Boating safety education Josh Hoffman says the warmth has done little to heat up lakes and that anyone who exposes themselves to the still-present cold water puts themselves in danger.

The U.S. Coast Guard says water colder than 77 degrees can send a person into shock. Prolonged exposure to cold water can lead to hypothermia, cardiac arrest and death.