An alert was issued Thursday warning beachgoers in the Chicago area to stay out of the water through the remainder of the week.
The Beach Hazards Statement is in effect from 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday morning and warns of life-threatening and waves and currents at beaches across the area, according to the National Weather Service.
The dangerous conditions are expected to build quickly during the afternoon hours and "persist through at least early Saturday," according to the alert.
The statement warns of wave heights of up to 8 feet and strong rip currents and structural currents.
"People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water," the alert states.