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Summer is officially upon us, but it may be useful to remember that the Great Lakes are still dangerously cold.

The U.S. Coast Guard says all five of the Great Lakes have dangerously cold water temperatures at below 77 degrees. Temps in that range can quickly cause hypothermia if someone falls or dives out of a boat. Especially if you're not planning to be in the water, the cold of it can trigger a gasp reflex, which could cause you to suck in water - and that could prove fatal.

Of course the Coast Guard recommends that we wear life vests any time we're on a water craft of water skiing, tubing, etc. They also warn that we should dress for the temperature of the water, not the temperature of the air.

It's also suggested that when we're heading out on the water that we either file a float plan with the Coast Guard - or at least let someone know where they're going and when you think you'll be back.