New Year's dips cancelled due to cold
The main sponsor of the annual New Year's Day dips in the Netherlands has cancelled five of the 81 scheduled events because of the continuing cold snap.
The events in the towns of Midwolde and Kropswolde in the province of Groningen, Dedemsvaart in Overijssel and Doesburg and Borculo in Gelderland have been cancelled. A thick layer of ice looks likely to be going make it impossible for local enthusiasts to dive into the water on 1 January. Also, the water temperature remains so low that even if people were able to take a dive the risk of hypothermia would be too great.
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