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Strong Rip Currents, Larger Than Average Waves Expected to Ease Up

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The strong rip currents and larger than average waves brought to San Diego County's beaches by a south swell over the holiday weekend are expected to ease up tonight, forecasters said.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement will remain in effect through 11 p.m. The surf is expected to be around 3 to 6 feet with sets to 7 feet, according to the advisory.

Forecasters said the strongest rip currents and the highest surf would be along the south-facing beaches in the North County. Rip currents are typically stronger and more frequent near jetties, inlets and piers.

Strong longshore currents are also expected to continue.

The surf and currents will increase the risk of dangerous swimming conditions—especially for those with little swimming experience, according to the weather service. Lulls between the sets may catch swimmers off guard.

Forecasters said a smaller swell would likely continue to raise the risk for rip currents into mid-week.

—City News Service

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