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Want To Go To The Beach This Weekend? Too Bad; The Weather, Waves Will Be Lousy

It'll be rainy, windy and chillier than usual this weekend in Chicago. And water currents could make for dangerous swimming.

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DOWNTOWN — Rainy, windy weather could make for dangerous conditions at Chicago’s beaches this weekend.

Temperatures will stick to the mid- to high 70s Friday, Saturday and Sunday, said Ricky Castro, a National Weather Service meteorologist. That’s cooler then the mid-80s Chicago usually gets this time of year.

The sky will be cloudy every day, and it’ll be windy with storms possible, too.

“It’s not gonna be a great weekend,” Castro said.

The storms are expected to start Friday evening, and there’s a chance for more thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend won’t be a washout, Castro said, but there will be “scattered showers around a decent amount of the time.”

It’ll also be “pretty windy” on the lake, Castro said, which could make things dangerous for swimmers. The wind could “pile up” the waves, which is dangerous in itself, but which also raises the chances of dangerous currents forming, Castro said.

The National Weather Service has warned the weather could make for dangerous swim conditions.

It’s “not the nicest weekend of the summer,” Castro said. “You’ll kinda need your umbrella handy at times.”