Swell to produce up to 6-foot surf, strong rip currents at San Diego County beaches

SAN DIEGO - The 10News Pinpoint Weather Team said a northwest swell is bringing bigger than usual waves and strong rip currents to San Diego County's beaches Monday, posing a danger to swimmers.

Weathercaster Ashlee DeMartino said a beach hazards statement was issued for the county's coastal areas through Tuesday morning, as 4- to 6-foot surf with 16 to 18-second lulls was likely, especially south of Del Mar.

A beach hazards statement is issued whenever threats, such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, tidal overflow or lightning, are possible at local beaches.

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The long period of the swell will create long lulls in wave activity followed by high wave sets that may catch swimmers off guard.

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