Weather Blog: Hot air temperatures, cold lakes

Lake Michigan beach Frankfort, Michigan

Even though temperatures will be in the 80s for the next few days, the lake temperatures around the region are still cold.

Posted: May 21, 2021 3:19 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Great Lakes region is embarking on a prolonged stretch of 80 degree weather.

It wouldn’t be too surprising to squeak out the first 90 degree day of the season over the weekend.

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Despite the hotter air temperatures, the lakes around the region are still cold.

With these hot temperatures on tap through at least early next week, you might be thinking about taking a fun trip to the lakes.

Buoy water temperatures along the shoreline of Lake Michigan range from the mid-40s to the mid-50s.

The same can be said for the lakes around northeastern Indiana.

For instance Hamilton Lake and Lake James are sitting in the middle 50s.

Water temperatures are expected to remain in that range despite the warmer than average temperatures.

Swimming in cold water can lead to something called cold shock.

According to the National Center for Cold Water Safety, cold shock is “the sudden lowering of skin temperature on immersion in cold water represents one of the most profound stimuli that a body can encounter.”

The sudden entry into cold water can cause a reflexive “gasp” which could allow water into your lungs.

Even experienced swimmers can completely lose control of their breathing.

Other symptoms of cold shock include heart and blood pressure issues, loss of muscle control and impairment of your thinking abilities.

You can also get hypothermia which is when your body temperature drops below 95°F.

Hypothermia can lead to loss of muscle control and you can drown.

It is important that if you plan to boat or kayak, wear a life vest.

If there is an accident in the water, the life vest could give you the extra time you need to get back to the shore or keep you afloat until rescued.

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, be sure to check the Great Lakes Observing System which provides current lake temperatures.

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Reported Deaths: 15315
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