The Detroit Free Press is reporting that U.S. Coast Guard officials are warning about dangerously cold water temperatures in the Great Lakes.

Hypothermia is a real possibility for anyone who falls or jumps in to any of the Great Lakes. In fact, Coast Guard officials say that water temperatures below 77 degrees can cause hypothermia to set in rapidly. Also a concern is for the body's tendency to experience a gasp reflex when a person jumps or falls into cold water. This can lead to a person inhaling water and drowning.

The Free Press report says that northern Lake Michigan has temperatures still in the 40's and 50's, while western Lake Erie is in the 50's and 60's.

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