CHICAGO (CBS) – Dangerous waves and currents are expected over Lake Michigan this weekend during Labor Day.
Conditions warrant a Beach Hazard Statement from the National Weather Service, which went into effect Saturday afternoon and will remain in place through Sunday afternoon.
Dangerous swimming is expected to develop after a chilly Saturday afternoon.
Waves up to 6 feet high and dangerous currents are expected on the beaches of Lake Michigan. The National Weather Service warns this means swimming conditions will be life-threatening – especially for inexperienced swimmers.
The warning applies to beaches along the west coast of Lake Michigan – in Cook and Lake counties and in Northwest Indiana in the greater Chicago area, but also applies to all beaches along the lake’s shores. in Wisconsin all the way to Door County.
The warning is also in effect for some lakeside counties in northern Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula.
Swimmers are advised not to enter the water and not to venture onto piers, jetties, breakwaters or other coastal structures.
For more information on Chicago Park District beaches, follow this link.