SAN DIEGO -
High surf is expected later this week at San Diego County beaches and could generate dangerous rip currents, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday.
Forecasters expected the swell to start to build Wednesday night, peak Friday, then gradually lower through Sunday.
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"High surf and very strong rip currents will result in dangerous swimming conditions at the beaches, especially for inexperienced swimmers," according to an NWS advisory.
Surf of up to 7 feet and sets of up to 8 feet are expected Thursday morning through Saturday. Surf of up to 9 feet with sets of around 10 feet could be possible on Friday, the NWS said.
West facing shores are likely to get the highest waves, the result of a storm in the Northeast Pacific Ocean, according to NWS forecasters. Moderate to significant beach erosion could occur.
10News Weathercaster Robert Santos said the temperature of the water at our local beaches has cooled to the low 60s. The good news is that might be enough to keep the majority of people out of the water and harm’s way.
“But, those surfers, divers and others who don’t mind swimming in the cool water need to be extra careful during this time. The rip current risk will be very high, especially Friday,” Santos said. “The high surf and rough seas will no doubt attract a lot of spectators to places like the Ocean Beach Pier. Remember to watch from a safe distance. If you get too close, you can easily get washed out.”