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 20, 2019 4:36 AM

today’s weather forecast

Today: Sunny, with a high near 13. Wind chill values between -5 and -10. North wind around 15 mph.

Tonight: A chance of snow showers between 3am and 5am, then a chance of snow after 5am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values between -5 and -10. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Updated: Sunday 1/20, 04:25 (Source: NOAA Point Forecast)

Warnings and advisories

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

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Small Craft Advisory

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Heavy Freezing Spray Warning

(Source: NWS hazardous weather outlook)

today's nearshore forecast

Early this morning: North wind 15 to 25 knots. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow. Heavy freezing spray. Waves 6 to 8 feet.

Today: North wind 15 to 25 knots. Heavy freezing spray through the day. Slight chance of snow in the late morning and early afternoon. Waves 5 to 7 feet subsiding to 4 to 6 feet early in the afternoon, then building to 5 to 7 feet late in the afternoon.

Tonight: North wind 10 to 20 knots becoming 15 to 20 knots in the late evening and early morning, then easing to 10 to 15 knots early in the morning. Heavy freezing spray through the night. Slight chance of snow showers through around midnight. Chance of snow showers after midnight. Waves 5 to 7 feet subsiding to 4 to 6 feet after midnight.

Updated: Sunday 1/20, 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: 39 °F

Updated: Wednesday 12/26, 06:00 (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.

No Recent Reports

Last checked: Sunday 1/20 at 04:36 AM

(Source: NDBC Stn: MLWW3)

today's air quality

Current Air Quality: 01/20/19 3:00 AM CST

Good - 31 AQI - Ozone

Good - 13 AQI - Particle Pollution (2.5 µm)

Good - 6 AQI - Particle Pollution (10 µm)

Agency: Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

Last Update: Sun, 20 Jan 2019 04:15:07 CST

(Source: EPA AIRNow)

uv index forecast

for Sunday, January 20, 2019:

UV index: 2

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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