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Strong rip currents, surf along San Diego coast to last through weekend

Posted: 8:35 AM, Jul 08, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-08 15:41:03Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The danger of strong rip currents and elevated surf along San Diego's shore will last through the weekend, as locals flock to the ocean for relief from the heat.

The National Weather Service issued the beach hazard statement for the county's northern coastline from Saturday morning and lasting through Wednesday evening.

Waves are expected to reach three to five feet Saturday and increase to four to six feet Sunday to Wednesday. Isolated sets of seven feet are also expected, according to NWS.

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Because of the elevated surf and increased risk of rip currents, officials are asking anyone venturing out to respect posted signage pointing to the dangers this weekend.

It's always recommended to:

  • 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 you're caught in a rip current, experts say it's important to stay calm. Float, wave your arms and yell to get the attention of a lifeguard or people on shore.

Rip currents pull individuals away from shore, not under. Fighting the current will tire you out and increase the risk of drowning. Check out this safety video for tips on breaking free from a rip current.

Mark Saunders is a KGTV digital producer. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkCSaun .