Unexpected risks encountered in water

Although High Swim Risks may be encountered specifically along the shores of Lake Ontario today, warm weather doesn’t necessarily mean warm temperatures in other large bodies of water.

The National Weather Service (NWS) advises that life jackets are particularly important with boating and related activities.

Breezy northeasterly winds, with gusts up to 30 mph on Lake Ontario today, will cause three-to-five feet waves along the beaches of the southern shoreline, creating a high swim risk, meaning dangerous swimming conditions due to strong currents and cold water, according to the NWS at Buffalo.

Further information on Cold Weather Hazards and Safety is available at https://bit.ly/3WNaYec.

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