Taking a beach break today? Check the advisories first

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CLEVELAND -  It's certainly beach weather out there today, but that doesn't mean that the water at a beach is safe to swim in.

A number of Lake Erie beaches are under contamination advisories, thanks in part to all of the heavy rains that have hit the area recently. These include Utopia, Clifton, Villa Angela State Park and Euclid State Park in Cuyahoga County; Miller, Showse Park and Veteran's Beach in Lorain County; Kiwanis, Pickerel Creek, Chappel Creek, Old Woman's Creek East, Sherod Creek, White's Landing, Edson Creek and Vermilion River East and West in Erie County.

For the complete list of advisories, click here.

The Ohio Department of Health warns that:

If a beach has a water advisory posting it means the level of bad bacteria in the water has reached unsafe levels and could make people sick.

Advisories mean children, the elderly and those in ill health or weakened immune systems are advised not to swim.