GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If you’re planning on heading out on the lake Sunday evening, be aware of hazardous swimming conditions.

A Beach Hazards Statement and Small Craft Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for Ottawa, Allegan, and Van Buren counties until Monday morning at 5 a.m.

Wave heights are expected to be near four feet and diminish overnight.

Storm Team 8 is tracking a cold front causing winds and waves to increase along Lake Michigan beaches into the evening. Waves and winds are expected to be the highest south of Holland between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

There is another risk for dangerous beach conditions later in the week.

Keep in mind that high waves can sweep people off piers, and strong currents can pull swimmers into deeper water.

Waves in South Haven (08/21/22)
Grand Haven Beach (08/21/22)

Make sure you check the flags flying at the beach to see what color they are. Swimmers are advised to exercise caution when a yellow flag is displayed. Red flags indicate no swimming.