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High surf to continue to slam San Diego coast

Posted: 4:52 AM, Jan 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-19 00:24:35Z

High surf will pound the San Diego County coastline Monday and Tuesday, National Weather service forecasters said.

Surf of between 6 and 10 feet will hammer the coast Monday, with sets of 15 feet expected in some spots, they said, adding that surf of 5-8 feet is expected Tuesday, with sets of 10 feet, and the highest surf will appear south of Carlsbad, they said.

The weather service attributed the high surf to a large west-to-northwest long-period swell. It said the surf would diminish gradually Tuesday through Wednesday.

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A high surf warning issued by the NWS will be in effect in San Diego County until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The highest tides will be 5.6 feet at 4:15 a.m. Monday and 6 feet at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to the NWS.

"A high surf warning indicates that dangerous, battering waves with local sets to 15 feet will impact local beaches. This will result in very dangerous conditions in and around the surf zone," an NWS statement said. It said impacts will include "very dangerous swimming conditions due to large waves and very strong rip currents. Waves overtopping jetties, minor coastal flooding during high tide, beach erosion and damage to piers are also possible."