Brisk Wednesday winds lead to heightened swim risk

Posted at 7:10 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 09:41:46-04

LAKE MICHIGAN — As the wind picks up late this morning and afternoon, folks will probably want to stay out of Lake Michigan.

A strong cold front is to usher in cooler and comfortable conditions for the end of the week, but the change is to increase wind gusts to as high as 25 mph Wednesday afternoon. The elevated wind out of the northwest will send waves crashing into the shore, some of which could be as high as 4 feet.

Late this morning and afternoon will be the breeziest. The north side of the piers will be particularly dangerous because of the northwesterly breeze. As the water is pushed up against the north side, the return current will be strong, potentially pulling you out into the lake if you are in the water.

It is also advised that you stay off the piers today. Lake Michigan’s water levels are still abnormally high. Today’s waves may send water over the piers. The rushing water could be strong enough to sweep you off your feet and into the lake.