What appeared to be a beautiful day for the beach Monday was nixed by high waves and strong currents along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The National Weather Service issued a high swim risk and small craft advisory late Sunday evening through 4 p.m. Monday as strong northeast winds created hazardous conditions for boaters and beachgoers.
Northeast winds blowing 15 to 20 mph over the water churned up 3- to 5-foot waves in Kenosha and as high as 7 feet in Chicago.
High waves were also reported near Wind Point in Racine, where the beach juts out and faces northeast, according to Ben Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service
“We have an area of high pressure that’s centered to our northwest,” Miller said. “When you have winds blowing long enough down the lake out of the northeast, you’re going to get some pretty decent waves coming into the beaches.”
As the wind slowly diminished Monday afternoon, so did the waves.
The wind is expected to shift to the northwest today, creating smooth conditions along the water, according to Miller.
Kenosha beaches are not staffed and remain open regardless of the conditions, according to parks superintendent Jeff Warnock.
Local residents are encouraged to watch for weather advisories and use common sense around the water.
People may use local beaches at their own risk.
The high pressure system is expected to bring mostly sunny conditions with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s the rest of the week, according to www.weather.com.