MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- With Memorial Day coming and going, lake season is officially upon us! While temperatures on Friday made it into the 80s, warm days have been limited this Spring season. That along with repeated rounds of cold rain have waterways a little chilly for this time of year.
Most ponds and lakes across Wisconsin are sitting into the lower and middle 60s with the Great Lakes substantially colder. If that sounds a little cold to take a dip, you're right. And too much time in the water could still be dangerous.
While it shouldn't stop you from enjoying time on the lake, you will want to limit your time completely in the water. Water temperatures between 61-70 degrees lead to loss of dexterity in about 30 minutes. From there, you can lose complete consciousness in about 120 minutes without any protection.
It will likely take a few more days of warm weather to get those temperatures to a more comfortable level. Until then, be prepared for a chill jumping in and never hit the water alone!