GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — We have a Beach Hazards Statement and Small Craft Advisories for this Monday (Aug. 29). Do not swim near or jump off the piers and breakwalls, especially the south side of the piers. It’ll be a warm and humid day and the cool waters of Lake Michigan may be tempting, but today those waters come with the possibility of dangerous currents.

Here’s a graphic showing where the current develops that pulls you out into the deeper lake waters


Waves will likely continue in the 2-5 foot range through Wednesday with the lake calming down Thursday (Sept. 1) and especially on Friday (Sept. 2).

Dangerous beach conditions are expected for Today (Monday)

Above is the Lake Michigan Forecast for this Monday, Aug. 29. Waves should increase to 2-5 feet with south to southwest winds at 10-20 knots. A gust to 30 knots is possible, especially near thunderstorms.

Current (Sunday) Water Temperatures of Lake Michigan. Inland, Reeds Lake has a water temp. of 77 as of late Sunday.


Severe Weather Outlook Map for this Monday, August 29

This is the early Monday AM updated Severe Weather Forecast Update from the Storm Prediction Center. They now have a Level 3 ENHANCED OUTLOOK across much of N. Illinois and NW Indiana. The Slight Risk (in yellow on the map – Level 2) has been moved a little farther north and is now everyone south of a line from Grand Haven to Grand Rapids to Lansing to Ann Arbor. The main threat will be damaging wind. For more on the severe weather threat today, check out Bill’s Blog.

Waves will be lower during the 2nd half of the week – Thursday thru Saturday


Most of the Midwest is expected to see below-normal rainfall the first week of September. Temperatures will stay on the warmer side because of the drier air. Expect highs in the low-mid 80s as we near the holiday weekend.

Long range temperatures models indicate a warmer than average pattern.

The Lake Michigan Beach and Boating forecast is sponsored by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and Serra Honda Grandville.