Dangerous Swimming Conditions Expected at Chicago Beaches

The warning remains in effect until Thursday morning

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    Waves in Lake Michigan drew surfers and swimmers to Chicago shores, but the dangerous swimming conditions have prompted warnings across Chicago beaches. (Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

    With cooler temps and windy conditions Wednesday comes dangerous waves along Chicago shores.

    The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazards statement for Chicago-area beaches warning swimmers to stay out of Lake Michigan.

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    Dangerous waves and currents are expected along the shore and swimming conditions could be life threatening for those in the water, the statement said. The warning remains in effect until Thursday morning.

    The NWS predicts waves could reach heights of up to 10 feet.

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    Despite the warning, swimmers and even surfers were spotted in the high waves Wednesday.

    Wednesday’s high is forecast to remain in the mid-70s with mostly sunny skies.

    The cool and breezy conditions come just one day after the city saw temps near 90 degrees-- one of the hottest days the city has seen this season.

    Storms rolled through the Chicago-area Tuesday night, bringing cooler air and temps below 80 degrees.

    The cool temps are expected to linger heading into the weekend, when another chance for storms moves in.