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Lake swimmers use caution: Dreaded algal bloom thrives in heat

Kids perform off the diving board at Madrona Park on Lake Washington with Mount Rainier… (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Mount Rainier looms over Madrona Park on Lake Washington. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The unusually warm temperatures could be perfect conditions for toxic algae to grow in area lakes. Toxic blooms can cause illness or even death for people and animals.

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