Temperatures are expected to fall the rest of this week, and with it, lakes across the state will enter a transition period where water temperatures will begin to drop. Lisa Dugan with the DNR says water temperature adds an entirely new level to the importance of wearing a life jacket.

“You unexpectedly fall into that cold water, you really don’t have that much time to get a life jacket on, you’re trying to keep your head above water, and really fighting for survival.”

By October Dugan says water temperatures in the state will consistently be between 40 and 50 degrees.