CLEVELAND — As temperatures rise on Friday, officials worry you could get hypothermia if you're in Lake Erie for too long.
The U.S. Coast Guard told 3News on Thursday that you could get hypothermia quickly. The 3News Weather Team says Lake Erie is sitting around 56 degrees, which is still very cold.
The Cleveland Metroparks will have six guarded swim areas after Memorial Day, but will not be looking out for swimmers before then.
"We really do encourage people to only swim while lifeguards are on duty and in a designated swim area," says Cleveland Metroparks aquatics director Christy Moore. "If you are going to come to the beach we do ask that you just pay attention to the water conditions because they can change very quickly."
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Symptoms of hypothermia include exhaustion, shivering, confusion, and slurred speech.
Also, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District told 3News on Thursday that they do not recommend swimming at Edgewater Beach due to a bacteria contamination advisory.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District plans to reassess the advisory Friday morning.
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