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 22, 2018 9:37 AM

today’s weather forecast

Today: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then showers likely. Patchy fog. High near 44. Breezy, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight: Rain before 2am, then rain and snow between 2am and 3am, then snow after 3am. Some thunder is also possible. Patchy fog. Low around 29. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Updated: Monday 1/22, 07:23 (Source: NOAA Point Forecast)

Warnings and advisories

3 products issued by NWS for: 7NM ENE West Milwaukee WI

Small Craft Advisory

Dense Fog Advisory

Hazardous Weather Outlook

(Source: NWS hazardous weather outlook)

today's nearshore forecast

Rest of today: East wind 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots early in the afternoon, then becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots late in the afternoon. Areas of dense fog late in the morning. Patchy dense fog in the afternoon. Showers late in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms through the day. Rain showers likely in the afternoon. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Tonight: Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots late in the evening, then backing northwest with gusts to around 20 knots after midnight rising to 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots early in the morning. Patchy dense fog through the night. Slight chance of thunderstorms through around midnight. Rain through the night. Snow after midnight. Waves 4 to 6 feet.

Updated: Monday 1/22, 09:06 (Source: NOAA NDBC)

water and wave forecast

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

(Source: NWS Surfcast)

Water temperature: 35 °F

Updated: Monday 1/22, 06:00 (Source: GLOS Nowcast 3D)

swim hazard risk

A current recreational beach forecast is not available. The National Weather Service Beach Hazard Program will return 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: Monday 1/22 at 09:10 AM

Air temperature: 37.0 °F

Wind Direction: N ( 350 deg true )

Wind Speed: 11 kts

Wind Gust: 13 kts

(Source: NDBC Stn: MLWW3)

today's air quality

Current Conditions
Air Quality Index (AQI)
observed at 9:00 CST
Health Message: None
Note: Values above 500 are considered Beyond the AQI. Follow recommendations for the Hazardous category. Additional information on reducing exposure to extremely high levels of particle pollution is available here.

(Source: EPA AIRNow)

uv index forecast

for Monday, January 22, 2018:

UV index: 0

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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