It’s definitely a hot weekend for Michigan. The weather can vary widely from inland to beach to water. Here’s a look at the weather on the beach and what to expect on the water.
Due to the southwest wind direction this weekend, the beaches in Lake Michigan will have different weather than the beaches on Lake Huron. With the southwest wind blowing over cooler waters, the beaches of Lake Michigan will be about 10 degrees cooler compared to just 10 miles inland. I would say it will be close to 80 degrees on the beaches of Lake Michigan on Saturday and Sunday. Lake Huron is a warmer story. With the wind blowing from the warmer inland areas towards the beach, the beaches of Lake Huron will climb almost 90 degrees.
The wind will be quite strong from the southwest, blowing between 10mph and 20mph on Saturday, and maybe just a little lighter on Sunday.
While the beach will be a great place to be Saturday, dangerous swimming conditions will exist with waves up to five feet high on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Small craft advisories will likely be in effect on Lake Michigan on Saturday. On Sunday, there will still be a wind that produces choppy water over Lake Michigan, with waves two to four feet in length.
Lake Huron and especially Saginaw Bay will not be as hectic, especially on Sunday. Be sure to check out the latest marine forecast for Lake Huron as wave heights can vary depending on where exactly you will be sailing.
The first official (meteorological) summer will certainly be like summer. Caution and common sense should be used to stay safe on the beach and on the water.