Beach and navigation forecast: June 9, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Weekends on the water in Western Michigan have been pretty cool so far this season. It’s going to be another comfortably cool weekend on the Grand Lake.

Beachgoers should watch for rain late Saturday through Sunday morning.

WEEKEND WEATHER SETTING

The air pattern aloft will continue to give us cooler than average conditions for the weekend. The highs will reach the low 70s for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A small wave of low pressure will pass between Saturday and Sunday, delivering light to moderate rain showers. It will be coming from the west, so expect to see it coming from Lake Michigan.

WIND AND WAVES

Although a small system is expected to move through western Michigan this weekend with rain, the wind and waves should not be too strong. Every day this weekend, the waves will come in at less than a foot.

The three-day forecast shows highs near the edge of the lake in the 60s with waves close to a foot for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Waves will not be tamed on all of the Great Lakes. Larger swells are expected for the lakes to the east.

WATER TEMPERATURES

Water temperatures are estimated from satellite imagery at 61 degrees in parts of the southwestern portion of Lake Michigan. Real-time buoy sightings put water temperatures in the mid-50s. Port Sheldon and South Haven buoys.

Head to the LimnoTech buoy website for hourly photos and videos of these buoys to see what the conditions are like before heading out.

View of South Haven via the LimnoTech buoy camera

Water temperatures are a little cooler than average this year on Lake Michigan and much cooler than the same time last year.

This year’s water temperature is in orange with the last few years represented by the line in red. The middle of next week promises a warming trend in the jet stream. This will likely bring temperatures back to average for this time of year and lead to more comfortable swimming conditions the weekend after this.

Lake Michigan Beach and Boating Forecast is sponsored by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and Sera Honda Grandville.

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