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: Jul 6, 2015 1:45 PM

today’s weather forecast

This Afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5am. Low around 62. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Updated: Monday 7/6, 13:23 (Source: NOAA Point Forecast)

Warnings and advisories

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

Small Craft Advisory

Hazardous Weather Outlook

(Source: NWS hazardous weather outlook)

today's nearshore forecast

This afternoon: South to southeast wind 10 to 20 knots. Gusts up to 25 knots. Areas of fog. Scattered showers and thunderstorms early this afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms later in the afternoon. Waves 2 to 4 feet.

Tonight: South wind 10 to 20 knots veering west 10 to 15 knots after midnight...Then becoming northwest 15 to 20 knots early in the morning. Gusts up to 25 knots. Areas of fog. Showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to 3 feet after midnight.

Updated: Monday 7/6, 13:05 (Source: NOAA NDBC)

water and wave forecast

Beach winds: South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Waves: 2 to 4 feet.

Updated: Monday 7/6, 10:15 (Source: NWS Surfcast)

Water temperature: 60 °F

Updated: Monday 7/6, 07:00 (Source: GLOS Nowcast 3D)

swim hazard risk

Swim hazard risk: MODERATE

MODERATE: A moderate risk of swimming hazards implies that large waves and strong currents are likely along the shore. Only experienced swimmers should consider entering the water.

Updated: Monday 7/6, 10:15 (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: Monday 7/6 at 01:00 PM

Air temperature: 65.7 °F

Wind Direction: SSE ( 150 deg true )

Wind Speed: 18 kts

Wind Gust: 20 kts

(Source: NDBC Stn: MLWW3)

today's air quality

Current Conditions
Air Quality Index (AQI)
observed at 12:00 CDT
Health Message: Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.

(Source: EPA AIRNow)

uv index forecast

for Monday, July 6, 2015:

UV index: 8

Protection against sun damage is needed. If you need to be outside during midday hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., take steps to reduce sun exposure. A shirt, hat and sunscreen are a must, and be sure you seek shade. Beachgoers should know that white sand and other bright surfaces reflect UV and can double UV exposure.

(Source: EPA SunWise)

bacterial monitoring

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

Atwater Park Beach: Open. (6/2/2015)

Bay View Park Beach: Open. (7/1/2015)

Bender Beach: Open. (6/18/2015)

Bradford Beach: Open. (7/6/2015)

Grant Park Beach: Open. (7/3/2015)

Klode Park Beach: Open. (6/2/2015)

McKinley Beach: Open. (7/6/2015)

South Shore Beach: Caution. (7/6/2015)

Tietjen Beach / Doctors Park: Caution. (7/2/2015)


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