We had a heat wave a week or so ago, and by uncovering by day and covering by night, I was able to get the water back up to 78F. But then we had days of gloom and now it's raining. Water temperature is a comfy 68F.... I think we're done with swimming for the season.
This being my day off, I started my to-do list with removing and rolling up the cover. It's wrapped up in the UV protector sheet that came with it. The foam tubes are under there too.
It's now officially over.
It never freezes here, so I don't have to worry about closing, really. And since the pool and hot tub share the same water, I get to keep it up year-round. With the cover off, I can actually see all the crud that gets blown and washed into the pool, so I know when I need to vacuum. And now I won't have to fight the cover when I do vacuum and brush.
Even if I can't get in, it still looks so much better uncovered.