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‘Life-Threatening’ Currents, Waves Will Make It Dangerous To Swim In Lake Michigan Monday

This week is expected to be mostly sunny and warm in Chicago, though.

Waves crash on Lake Michigan as seen from 63rd Street Beach in Jackson Park on April 30, 2021.
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CHICAGO — High waves will make it dangerous to swim in Lake Michigan on Monday.

Chicago beaches could see waves 3-6 feet tall and “life-threatening” currents, making it hazardous for people who want to swim or boat, according to the National Weather Service. The weather agency has a beach hazards statement in effect until 4 p.m., and the high swim risk will continue Tuesday.

Swimming will be especially dangerous for people who are inexperienced, according to the weather agency. People should stay out of the water and should not venture onto piers, jetties, breakwalls or other structures along the shoreline.

The Chicago Park District has prohibited swimming at beaches. You can check the status of beaches online.

Otherwise, Chicago will see cooler — but more seasonable — temperatures Monday. The day is expected to get as warm as 77 degrees and be sunny and breezy. Wind gusts could get as high as 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to hit 73 degree sand be sunny.

Thursday will heat up to 89 degrees, and the day will be sunny, according to the weather agency.

Friday has a chance for rain and thunderstorms, but the day will be mostly sunny with a high temperature near 89 degrees.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to stay sunny with high temperatures in the high 70s.

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