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Life-Threatening Waves, Currents Expected At Lake Michigan Beaches Thursday And Friday

Dangerous waves up to 7 feet tall are expected at beaches. People are advised to stay out of the water.

Waves crash on Lake Michigan as seen from 63rd Street Beach in Jackson Park on April 30, 2021.
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DOWNTOWN — There will be dangerous conditions for swimmers at Lake Michigan beaches on Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service warned.

The weather agency issued a beach hazards statement, warning there will be “high wave action and dangerous currents” at beaches through Friday evening.

There will be life-threatening swimming conditions, and waves of 4-7 feet are expected, according to the National Weather Service. It advised people to stay out of the water and to avoid piers, jetties and other structures that go along or into the water.

Thursday is expected to start cloudy before gradually becoming sunnier. It could warm up to 83 degrees, but it’ll be breezy with wind gusts up to 30 mph, according to the weather agency.

Friday will be sunny, and the day will cool off, with an expected high of 74 degrees. The breeze will die down some, but wind gusts up to 10 mph will still be possible, according to the National Weather Service.

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