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Image: New Year celebration in Scheveningen

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'Polar bear' swimmers brave frosty waters for New Year's dips

Despite some freezing temperatures, hardy swimmers around the world took the traditional New Year's Day plunge.

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Image: Swimmers run into the water of the Atlantic Ocean during the Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Plunge on Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn, New York City

New York City

Swimmers run into the ocean at Coney Island in Brooklyn. 

The air temperature was around 20 degrees Fahrenheit at the time of the 114th Coney Island polar bear plunge. 

Stephanie Keith / Reuters
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Canada

Swimmers take the "polar bear" plunge in Perth, Ontario, as the air temperature hovered around -5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Patrick Doyle / Canadian Press via AP
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Image: L Street Brownies New Year's Day Swim

Boston

"Polar Bear" swimmers take part in the L Street Brownies New Year's Day Swim in Dorchester Bay. According to L Street officials, the air temperature was -2 degrees Farenheit degrees and the water temperature was 28 degrees Farenheit.

CJ Gunther / EPA
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Image: New Year celebration in Scheveningen

Netherlands

Swimmers run into the North Sea in Scheveningen.

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Canada

A man jumps off a wharf into the Atlantic Ocean during the Herring Cove Polar Bear Dip in Nova Scotia.
Darren Calabrese / Canadian Press via AP
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Image: Members of the Berliner Seehunde ice swimmers club take a dip in lake Orankesee during their traditional New Year swimming event in Berlin

Germany

Members of the Berlin Seals ice swimmers club take a dip in lake Orankesee during their traditional New Year's Day event.

Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters
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Image: TOPSHOT-FRANCE-NEW-YEAR

France

Bathers take part in the traditional "Bain de Givres" at Malo-Les-Bains beach in Dunkirk.

Philippe Huguen / AFP - Getty Images
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Image: New Year's Day Bathers Take Part In The Loony Dook Swim

Scotland

Swimmers in costumes stand in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim in South Queensferry.

Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images
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Image: Simone Carabella of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome

Rome

A diver leaps into the Tiber River from Ponte Cavour bridge.

Tony Gentile / Reuters
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Image: New Year's Swim on Norderney island

Germany

Swimmers gather on the beach of Norderney Island, northern Germany.

More than 300 swimmers welcomed 2018 with a dip in the North Sea where water temperatures were around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Focke Strangmann / EPA
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Image: First bath of the year in Lisbon

Portugal

Locals take their first dip of the year at Carcavelos beach in Lisbon.

Jose Seana Goulao / EPA
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Image: Annual New Year's Swim in Szigliget

Hungary

Swimmers run into the chilly water of Lake Balaton in Szigliget.

Gyorgy Varga / EPA
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Slovenia

Jure Makovec / AFP - Getty Images
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