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Warm weather, but what does that mean for the Great Lakes?

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Great Lakes Temperatures As Of 8 AM, May 20th (Source: NOAA) Great Lakes Temperatures As Of 8 AM, May 20th (Source: NOAA)
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After a lengthy and frustrating wait, spring weather has finally settled back into Mid-Michigan. Abundant sunshine along with the company of 70 degree temperatures is certainly a welcomed change from the 40s and 50s and a few snowflakes last weekend. Early next week, we're looking at a return to the 80s!

With the wait that seemed to take forever and gorgeous conditions on the way for the weekend and early next week, your urge to get to the water is probably at an all-time high. And who could blame you?

As always, we want you to know before you take that long-awaited sprint into the water, so here's a quick update on current water temperatures!

If you guessed the water temperatures are still chilly, as most longtime Michiganders probably would, you'd be correct. But in the spring, we have a tendency to be a little over-optimistic and impatient. Who wouldn't be with Michigan's great summers?

A quick look at the water temperature map that we've attached in this article, courtesy of NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, shows that most areas around the Great Lakes are now in the 40s and 50s, with the warmest areas in southern Lake Michigan, parts of Lake Erie, and the Saginaw Bay.

The coldest spot, which comes as no surprise, is Lake Superior, still holding onto the 30s, along with the deeper parts of Lake Huron giving also giving off buoy readings in the 30s this morning.

With these warmer temperatures and sunshine expected through the weekend and into next week, water temperatures should continue their upward trend.

And as always, with more stretches of sunshine and warmer temperatures arriving in the summer, swimming conditions, or at least comfortable swimming conditions, will return once again.

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