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Gusty winds today could make for a perilous day at the beach

"Strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions" are forecast by the National Weather Service for beaches along the Lake Erie shoreline today in Erie and Chautauqua counties.

The weather service issued a beach hazards statement from 2 p.m. today through the evening.

The weather service issues beach hazards statements "when there is a high swim risk."

Some of the beaches included under the high risk area include Woodlawn State Park, Hamburg, Sturgeon Point, Wendt, Bennett, Evans, Evangola State Park, Wright Park and Point Gratiot.

"This means life-threatening waves and currents are expected," the weather service stated.

Forecasters urged beachgoers to "stay out of the water" and away from other spots like piers and breakwalls, which are also dangerous.

Behind a passing cold front, temperatures are expected to be a little bit cooler today -- only about 80 degrees.

Forecasts show that increasing southwest winds throughout the day will start gusting above 30 mph at about 2 p.m. Strong gusts are expected to continue for several hours, according to forecasts.

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