Partly cloudy skies and high surf close out holiday weekend

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It will be partly cloudy and a little cooler throughout San Diego County Monday with light winds and a slight chance of showers and drizzle into the evening hours.

High surf will pound the San Diego County coastline Monday and Tuesday, National Weather service forecasters said. Surf of between 6 and 10 feet will hammer the coast today, with sets of 15 feet expected in some spots, they said, adding that surf of 5-8 feet is expected Tuesday, with sets of 10 feet, and the highest surf will appear south of Carlsbad, they said.

The weather service attributed the high surf to a large west-to- northwest long-period swell. It said the surf would diminish gradually Tuesday through Wednesday. A high surf warning issued by the NWS will be in effect in San Diego County until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The highest tides will be 5.6 feet at 4:15 a.m. today and 6 feet at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to the NWS.

"A high surf warning indicates that dangerous, battering waves with local sets to 15 feet will impact local beaches. This will result in very dangerous conditions in and around the surf zone,” an NWS statement said.

It said impacts will include "very dangerous swimming conditions due to large waves and very strong rip currents. Waves overtopping jetties, minor coastal flooding during high tide, beach erosion and damage to piers are also possible.”

High temperatures will be:

  • 62 to 67 degrees along the coast
  • Around 65 in the inland valleys
  • 59 to 64 near the foothills
  • 56 to 61 in the mountains
  • About 70 in the deserts.
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