High waves, rip currents in forecast for Lake Mich. beaches

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Tuesday’s not going to be a good beach day, with cool temperatures, cool winds and high waves leading the day’s weather forecast.

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement through late tonight warning of dangerous swimming conditions, high waves, and strong rip currents on Lake Michigan beaches in Illinois. According to the agency:”People visiting the beaches should stay out of the water.”

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A runner attempts to dodge a wave crashing against the shore as he runs along Lake Michigan in Chicago. (Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune / August 12, 2013)

Chances are, not a lot of people will be wanting to swim anyway. Temperatures are expected to peak in the low-to-mid-70s today, lower close to the lake, thanks to the arrival of a high-pressure system from Canada, according to WGN-TV meteorologist Tim Skilling. With that system are winds out of the north to northeast that will keep lakefront temperatures as low as the 50s.

— Chicago Tribune staff report

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