High surf brings rip current risk to San Diego coast

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - With heat and holiday fun driving locals to beaches up and down San Diego's coastline, lifeguards will be keeping a watchful eye on visitors this July 4 holiday.

A high surf advisory was issued for San Diego County's coastline Wednesday morning, lasting through late Friday. Swells from Hurricane Fabio will send high surf to the county's shore, adding the danger for strong rip and longshore currents, according to the National Weather Service.

Surf is expected to hit 7 to 9 feet in some areas of North County. Surf south of Carlsbad will be closer to 3 to 5 feet, but can still pose hazardous to some swimmers.

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If avoid getting caught in a rip current, it's recommended that swimmers:

  • Swim near a lifeguard as well, especially for inexperienced swimmers,
  • Check the beach forecast or speak with a lifeguard about conditions before heading out, and
  • Watch for warning signage.

If caught in a rip current, experts say it's important to stay calm. Swimmers should float, wave their arms and yell to get the attention of a lifeguard or people on shore.

Temperatures Wednesday are expected to hit mid-70s at the coast, low to mid-80s inland, near 80 in the mountains and 100s in the deserts. Thursday, things heat up with temps jumping 10 to 20 degrees above normal.

Beat the heat at San Diego County "Cool Zones"

An excess heat watch will go into effect for San Diego County Friday and Saturday due to the temperatures.

In anticipation of the heat wave, Three Sisters and Cedar Creek Falls hiking trails will be closed Thursday, July 5, through Monday, July 9.

For those trying to beat the heat, stay safe by:

  • If you have outdoor pets, plan on giving them safe shelter and cool water.
  • Remember cars turn into ovens in a matter of minutes, check the back seat before getting out of your car and never leave children or pets in the car.
  • Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and stay hydrated!
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities, enjoy air conditioning whenever possible and if you're working in the heat make sure to take breaks often and drink water every 15 minutes.
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