Police: Polar Bear Plunge Postponed

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YARMOUTH, MA (WBZ-AM / Cape Cod Today / AP) – Even one of the coldest events of the year can’t contend with the current cold front affecting much of New England.

Yarmouth Police has postponed the 8th Annual Polar Plunge, originally scheduled for New Year’s Day, to Sunday, January 21st noon. The event will still take place at Smugglers Beach.

The decision comes in anticipation of brutal cold and a below-zero wind chill on January 1st.

“Although a few brave Cape Codders would be willing to dive in, the consensus was that this community and family event will be better enjoyed and attended when conditions are more tolerable later this winter,” Yarmouth Police said in a statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience the postponement may cause.”

The annual Lobster Dip at Old Orchard Beach in Maine on New Year's Day has been rescheduled for the first time in 30 years. The event, which raises money for Special Olympics of Maine, will now be held Jan. 13. Organizers said they were concerned about the safety of the swimmers.

The Providence Journal reports that a polar plunge scheduled for New Year's Day to benefit an animal shelter in Falls River, Massachusetts was cancelled.

Scores of other polar swims will go on as scheduled including the famous L Street Brownies New Year's Day plunge into Boston Harbor.

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