National Weather Service warns of dangerous swimming conditions

SHARE National Weather Service warns of dangerous swimming conditions

For those considering braving the unusually cool temperatures and cold lake water, the National Weather Service is warning of dangerous swimming conditions at beaches.

Though all Chicago Park District beaches remain open Wednesday, wave heights in Lake Michigan could reach 7-11 feet, according to a beach hazard statement from the weather service.

Strong rip currents are also possible, the weather service warns.

Evanston has banned swimming at all beaches Wednesday due to waves, though the beaches remain open, according to a statement from the city.

The NWS statement remains in effect through Thursday morning, when temperatures are expected to be in the lower 70s with mostly sunny skies, according to the weather service.

A small craft advisory is also in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the weather service.

The waves at North Avenue beach weren’t quite at 11 feet yet on Wednesday morning, but the choppy water and currents make conditions too dangerous for swimming.

Joggers and cyclists on the lakefront path will need to watch their step through the day as unruly waves from Lake Michigan ramp up.

Though the water condition on Lake Michigan are rough, Diana Marquez of Chicago found the lakefront a perfect spot to get in a little volleyball practice with some friends Wednesday morning.

A kite surfer takes advantage of the high waves and wind on Lake Michigan off Montrose Beach Wednesday afternoon. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

A lifeguard keeps his eyes on kids getting their feet wet from the waves on Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach Wednesday afternoon as powerful waves come ashore. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

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