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Rip currents, dangerous swimming conditions possible along Lake Erie beaches from midnight to Saturday 8 a.m.

July 5, 2018 GMT

Rip currents, dangerous swimming conditions possible along Lake Erie beaches from midnight to Saturday 8 a.m.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service is urging Northeast Ohio swimmers to stay out of Lake Erie from midnight Friday to Saturday at 8 a.m. for potentially dangerous swimming conditions.

The swimming risk is due to a combination of winds and large waves, rip currents and long-shore currents, according to the beach hazards statement issued. The risk can create life-threatening conditions for even the best swimmers. As a result, the weather service says to stay out of the water or to follow the instructions of local water authority.

The beach hazards statement is in effect for all coastal counties from Lucas to Ashtabula in Ohio.

Remember, if caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore before attempting to make it back to land.

Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don’t forget to submit any weather questions you have! 

Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com’s meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter @KellyRWeather and Instagram.