Big Drop in Temps and Windy Early This Week
After the warmest day of the year yesterday, a cold front will track through the region dropping the temperatures. Yesterday was a degree away from our first 90 degree mark since September 6th of last year when Milwaukee hit 94 degrees! This cooler air mass coming in from Canada will keep temperatures in the 60s today. A developing north-northeast wind will drive the lake breeze in and help form fog this morning along the lakeshore. Temperatures during the afternoon around the lakeshore will plunge into the 50s.
Today is not the best day to be out on the water. The lake waters stay very chilly this time a year with surface lake temperatures in the 50s. The gusty north winds today will cause high waves from 3-6 feet, and some locally 7 or 8 feet. A Small Craft Advisory is in place through midnight tonight for much of the lakeshore communities. The National Weather Service also put out a “Beach Hazards Statement” speaking about the dangerous currents which are expected the next two days. Those north winds will create structure currents that can sweep you out to deeper waters. These longshore currents move parallel to show and can even overtake the most experienced swimmers, making it very difficult to return to shore. The next two days could be dangerous out on the waters. Please be extra careful when near the water.