If you’re headed out to enjoy the weather and the outdoors this holiday weekend, you may want to balance swim time with some time on the beach as water temperatures look to be below average in some areas of Lake Michigan
“In contrast to air temperatures forecast in the 80s, Lake Michigan water won’t warm up in time for the Thursday holiday, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids.
Water temperatures in Lake Michigan are 10 to 15 degrees colder than they were this time in 2012 and 5 to 10 degrees colder than they were in 2011, according to meteorologist Evan Webb. He said it’s a product of the cool spring this year.”
Water temperatures may be warmer or cooler at other points on the lake, and there are a number of sites to keep up to date on the conditions. If you’re planning to spend your time near the waters around Michigan City, Indiana, for instance, you can get current and recent nearshore conditions from the buoy operated by Purdue University and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
However you spend time this holiday weekend, enjoy the sights and scenery safely.

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