Think of cold currents as currents moving toward the Equator. These waters are colder than the water they are moving into. You would be swimming into a current colder than the surrounding water — thus a cold current. A warm current is just the reverse. A warm current is moving away from the Equator toward the poles.
Would you expect a warming or cooling effect from a poleward-moving ocean current in winter?
Poleward-moving currents are warm, and equatorward-moving currents are cold. Surface ocean currents are driven by global winds and play an important role in redistributing heat around the globe.
An ocean current is a continuous, directed movement of sea water generated by a number of forces acting upon the water, including wind, the Coriolis effect, breaking waves, cabbeling, and temperature and salinity differences.
What is the general movement of an ocean current?