KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Swimming conditions are expected to worsen on Lake Michigan during Labor Day weekend. Beach Hazard Statements along with Small Craft Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service for the entire West Michigan lakeshore for Sunday.
A series of fronts are expected to bring breezy northwest winds both Sunday and Monday. Waves are forecast to top off around 3-5 feet by Sunday evening, continuing into Labor Day as well.
With a northwest wind, the north side of piers becomes most dangerous due to wave action and currents interacting with the structure. Beaches farther south could have slightly larger waves versus locations farther north.
Those visiting public beaches should pay attention to posted flags. Remember, yellow flags mean rip currents are still possible and you should use extra caution. Red flags mean waves and currents pose a serious risk to even experienced swimmers, and you should stay out of the water.
Conditions are expected to remain breezy through at least Tuesday, meaning red flag conditions could continue through mid-week in some locations.
This educational video presented by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project explains the different currents that can form on Lake Michigan, as well as what you should do if you're caught in one.
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