Chicago, IL – 8’ High Waves, Dangerous Swimming Conditions Expected Along Lake Michigan


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Chicago, IL – Strong winds and hazardous swimming conditions are forecasted for southern Lake Michigan beaches, prompting safety warnings for beachgoers.

According to the US National Weather Service in Chicago, winds out of the northwest will reach gusts of up to 35 mph this afternoon, with an evening cold front causing onshore winds. This weather change is expected to create waves of 5 to 8 feet along the shores of Lake Michigan, resulting in dangerous swimming conditions starting this evening and continuing through Monday night.

The weather service advises that these conditions will produce life-threatening waves and currents, particularly affecting Illinois and Indiana beaches. Beachgoers are urged to stay out of the water, obey posted signs and closures, and avoid piers, breakwalls, and lakeshore trails due to the hazardous boating and swimming conditions. 

Temperatures will cool down on Monday but are expected to warm up again by midweek. The high swim risk remains in place until Tuesday morning when conditions are projected to improve. Those planning to visit Lake Michigan beaches should take extra precautions and stay updated with local weather alerts.


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