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Showers likely, rip currents possible Wednesday

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Showers moving east from Iowa are expected to arrive in Chicago between early to mid-morning Wednesday, but the threat of rip currents and high waves in Lake Michigan will last throughout the day.

The Chicago area will see cloudy skies and face an 80 percent chance of showers and with a slight chance of storms between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation may return in the early afternoon, as well.

The weather service is also cautioning beachgoers in all of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana to keep out of Lake Michigan to avoid high waves and strong rip currents and structural currents.

“High wave action makes swimming difficult and can tire even a strong swimmer quickly,” according to a weather service beach hazards’ statement.

Waves may reach between three and six feet in height. The hazards statement remains in effect until Wednesday night.

East winds may also gust up to 35 mph, the weather service said.

Wednesday’s high is expected to reach the mid 60s inland, but hover near 60 closer to Lake Michigan. Thursday will be mostly sunny with highs between the mid 60s and low 70s, according to the weather service.

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