Real time data for the Lake Michigan Beaches of Milwaukee County Lat: N 43° 3' 41.40" Long: W 87° 52' 22.44"

Milwaukee County Beaches

Real time weather and beach conditions for the Lake Michigan Beaches of Milwaukee County

Weather and Beach Conditions
Last update: Oct 26, 2016 5:41 PM

today’s weather forecast

This Afternoon: Rain with areas of drizzle. High near 50. Windy, with a southeast wind around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight: Rain or drizzle before 10pm, then rain likely, mainly between 10pm and 2am. Areas of fog before 7pm, then patchy fog after 10pm. Low around 43. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 20 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Updated: Wednesday 10/26, 17:37 (Source: NOAA Point Forecast)

Warnings and advisories

2 products issued by NWS for: 7NM ENE West Milwaukee WI

Gale Warning

Hazardous Weather Outlook

(Source: NWS hazardous weather outlook)

today's nearshore forecast

Through early evening: Southeast wind up to 30 knots with gale force gusts to 35 knots. Rain. Waves 8 to 10 feet.

Tonight: East wind 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 30 knots backing northeast 15 to 20 knots after midnight. Rain through around midnight...Then chance of rain after midnight. Waves 7 to 9 feet subsiding to 3 to 5 feet. A small craft advisory will be needed.

Updated: Wednesday 10/26, 15:22 (Source: NOAA NDBC)

water and wave forecast

The beach winds and waves forecast will resume in the Spring.

(Source: NWS Surfcast)

Water temperature: 55 °F

Updated: Wednesday 10/26, 13:00 (Source: GLOS Nowcast 3D)

swim hazard risk

A current recreational beach forecast is not available. The National Weather Service Beach Hazard Program will return in May 2017, shortly before the Memorial Day weekend.

(Source: NWS Surfcast)

Strong currents can occur anytime, especially near piers and jetties.

Learn more about Rip Currents and how to escape them before going to the beach!

breakwater gauge

Located on the McKinley breakwater.

Conditions on: Wednesday 10/26 at 05:10 PM

Air temperature: 48.0 °F

Wind Direction: ESE ( 110 deg true )

Wind Speed: 26 kts

Wind Gust: 28 kts

(Source: NDBC Stn: MLWW3)

today's air quality

Current Conditions
Air Quality Index (AQI)
observed at 16:00 CDT
Health Message: None
Note: Values above 500 are considered Beyond the AQI. Follow recommendations for the Hazardous category. Additional information on reducing exposure to extremely high levels of particle pollution is available here.

(Source: EPA AIRNow)

uv index forecast

for Wednesday, October 26, 2016:

UV index: 0

You can safely enjoy being outside. Wear sunglasses on bright days. If you burn easily, cover up and use sunscreen SPF 30+.

In winter, reflection off snow can nearly double UV strength.

(Source: EPA SunWise)

bacterial monitoring

All natural waters contain microorganisms and may at times contain microorganisms that can cause gastrointestinal illness.

  • Atwater Park Beach
  • Bay View Park Beach
  • Bender Beach
  • Bradford Beach
  • Grant Park Beach
  • Klode Park Beach
  • McKinley Beach
  • South Shore Beach
  • Tietjen Beach / Doctor's Park Beach

Bacterial monitoring of these Lake Michigan beaches in Milwaukee County has ended for the season.
Sampling will resume in the Spring.


This project is funded by:

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Wisconsin Sea Grant Natural Resources Research Institute
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