Pat's Forecast: Dangerous surf and rip currents

SAN DIEGO - Temperatures soar as we head into the end of August with highs climbing about 5 degrees above average for the second half of the work week. In addition, humidity will be creeping back thanks to more moisture in the atmosphere from Tropical Storm Marie today with drier air filtering Thursday and Friday.

Marie is generating a large southerly swell through Thursday. San Diego surf will be 4 to 6 feet and occasionally up to 7 feet north of Carlsbad, while in Orange County surf from 8 to 15 feet with some favored spots, like the Wedge in Newport Beach could get up to 25 feet!

A BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT is in effect for the San Diego coastline through late Thursday. Expect large and dangerous surf north of Carlsbad with monster waves in Orange County where a HIGH SURF ADVISORY is in effect.  Strong rip currents will be the biggest threat for the San Diego coastline through this time period. Remember if caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shoreline.

THURSDAY'S FORECAST HIGHS:

  • COAST: 77-88º
  • INLAND: 89-94º
  • MOUNTAINS: 85-93º
  • DESERTS: 103-108º

Just in time for Labor Day Weekend highs will drop closer to average and surf will ease. With onshore flow returning the marine layer will return to the coastline this weekend.

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10News Weather Anchor Pat Brown

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