Despite the sunny weather and pleasant conditions, beachgoers in the Chicago area were being warned to stay out of the water Wednesday as dangerous swimming conditions were expected.
A Beach Hazards Statement that began early Wednesday morning will remain in effect through 7 p.m. for Cook County in Illinois and Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana.
The alert warns of “life threatening waves and currents” at area beaches.
“People visiting beaches should stay out of the water,” the alert reads.
Mostly sunny skies are expected Wednesday with temperatures reaching into the low- to mid-70s along the lakefront and the mid- to upper-70s inland - possibly into the 80s for some locations – where they will stay through Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to warm slightly Friday and into the weekend, but a light lake breeze will keep reading a bit cooler along Lake Michigan. Humidity levels are expected to remain comfortable as well.