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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.


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. 

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Swimmers take the "polar bear" plunge in Perth, Ontario, as the air temperature hovered around -5 degrees Fahrenheit.
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"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.

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Swimmers run into the North Sea in Scheveningen.

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A man jumps off a wharf into the Atlantic Ocean during the Herring Cove Polar Bear Dip in Nova Scotia.
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Members of the Berlin Seals ice swimmers club take a dip in lake Orankesee during their traditional New Year's Day event.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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