Strong rips, high surf to continue

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – More strong rip currents and above average surf are expected today along the San Diego County coastline, along with minor tidal flooding as a swell builds over coastal waters, forecasters said.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement for the county’s coastal areas is set to remain in effect through late Monday night.

Forecasters said a long-period southern hemisphere swell would build over the coastal waters off Southern California today and peak tonight.

A much larger swell pushed by Tropical Cyclone Norbert could hit south-facing beaches late Sunday into Monday, which may prompt meteorologists to issue a high surf advisory for some areas early next week.

“The combination of these swells and large tides will bring the potential of local coastal flooding at times of high tide,” the weather service statement said. “The elevated surf and large tidal swings will mean strong rip and long shore currents at area beaches.”

The waves and surf are expected to build to 4 to 6 feet with local sets of up to 8 feet at favored south- and southwest-facing beaches in the North County by this afternoon, according to the NWS.

The currents could result in dangerous swimming conditions, especially for those with little experience in the water, according to the weather service. Beachgoers were advised to obey posted warning signs, use caution in and around the water and to swim near a lifeguard.

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