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: Nov 16, 2018 5:07 AM

today’s weather forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tonight: Snow showers, mainly after 11pm. Low around 31. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Updated: Friday 11/16, 04:39 (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

Early this morning: West wind 15 to 20 knots. Periods of snow showers and slight chance of light freezing rain. Waves 1 to 2 feet.

Today: West wind 15 to 20 knots veering northwest late in the morning, then backing west early in the afternoon becoming 10 to 20 knots late in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 knots until late afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 1 to 2 feet building to 2 to 4 feet in the late morning and early afternoon, then subsiding to 1 to 2 feet late in the afternoon.

Tonight: West wind 10 to 15 knots easing to 5 to 10 knots late in the evening, then becoming west 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Chance of snow showers through around midnight, then snow showers after midnight. Waves around 1 foot.

Updated: Friday 11/16, 03:05 (Source: NOAA NDBC)

water and wave forecast

The beach winds and waves forecast will resume in the Spring.

(Source: NWS Surfcast)

Water temperature: 45 °F

Updated: Friday 11/16, 00:00 (Source: GLOS Nowcast 3D)

swim hazard risk

A current recreational beach forecast is not available. It is normally issued twice daily during the beach season, which generally runs from late May to early September.

(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: Friday 11/16 at 04:50 AM

Air temperature: 31.5 °F

Wind Direction: W ( 280 deg true )

Wind Speed: 11 kts

Wind Gust: 13 kts

(Source: NDBC Stn: MLWW3)

today's air quality

Current Air Quality: 11/16/18 4:00 AM CST

Moderate - 58 AQI - Particle Pollution (2.5 µm)

Good - 19 AQI - Particle Pollution (10 µm)

Agency: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Last Update: Fri, 16 Nov 2018 04:45:07 CST

(Source: EPA AIRNow)

uv index forecast

for Friday, November 16, 2018:

UV index: 1

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 SunWise)

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 is funded by:

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Wisconsin Sea Grant Natural Resources Research Institute
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