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Chicago beaches open for swimming Friday, but water will be chilly

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago’s beaches open for the season Friday, but someone should probably tell Lake Michigan!

The city’s 27 beaches—all free and open daily—officially open for swimming at 11 a.m. Friday, though it may be too soon for a dip.

While the high temperatures along the lakefront will be in the 60s Friday, the water temperature along the shore is currently in the lower 50s, National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Birk said.

“It’ll be a bit of a chilly day on the lakefront,” Birk said.

Further out from shore, the water temperature was recorded at 39 degrees Thursday morning —one of the coldest temperatures in recent history for this time of year, according to weather service statistics.

If you’re the hardy type, the water is safe for swimming, Birk said, but it can be dangerous if swimmers stay in for a prolonged period of time.

Lifeguards at North Avenue Beach told FOX 32's Jake Hamilton it is important to wear your sunscreen and stay hydrated.

Chicagoans may want to hit the beaches later in the weekend instead, Birk said, as temperatures are expected to warm up through Memorial Day.

“We could be flirting with 80 degrees for Monday,” he said.

The beaches will be open Monday through Sunday all summer from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

The Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this story.

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