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: Jan 26, 2021 12:18 PM

today’s weather forecast

Today: Snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Areas of blowing snow before 5pm. High near 30. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Updated: Tuesday 1/26, 11:39 (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


REST OF TODAY: Northeast wind 15 to 25 knots backing north late in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 knots. Areas of blowing snow around noon. Patchy blowing snow in the afternoon. snow showers late in the morning and early afternoon. Chance of snow showers late in the afternoon. Waves 7 to 9 feet.

TONIGHT: North wind 15 to 25 knots becoming 15 to 20 knots in the late evening and overnight. Slight chance of snow showers. Waves 6 to 8 feet subsiding to 4 to 6 feet.

Updated: Tuesday 1/26, 11:06 (Source: NOAA Nearshore Forecast)

water and wave forecast

The National Weather Service beach winds and wave height forecast will resume in the spring.

(Source: NWS Surfcast)

swim hazard risk

The National Weather Service rip current risk forecast will resume in the spring.

(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: Tuesday 1/26 at 11:50 AM

Air temperature: 30.4 °F

Wind Direction: N ( 10 deg true )

Wind Speed: 23 kts

Wind Gust: 25 kts

(Source: NDBC Stn: MLWW3)

today's air quality

Location: Milwaukee/South Ozaukee Counties, WI

Current Air Quality: 01/26/21 11:00 AM CST

Good - 35 AQI - Ozone

Good - 16 AQI - Particle Pollution (2.5 µm)

Good - 9 AQI - Particle Pollution (10 µm)

Agency: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Last Update: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 11:45:04 CST

(Source: EPA AIRNow)

uv index forecast

for Tuesday, January 26, 2021:

UV index: 2

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 EnviroFacts)

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 was funded by:

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Wisconsin Sea Grant Natural Resources Research Institute
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