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South swell delivers big waves

surfers1SAN DIEGO — A new long-period south swell will arrive in San Diego County late Wednesday, bringing big waves and strong rip currents to the beaches through Saturday night, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for San Diego County effective from late tonight to Saturday night, saying 3- to 5-foot waves with sets to 8 feet are expected north of Carlsbad and along south-facing beaches between Point Loma and Imperial Beach. Elsewhere in the county, 2- to 4- foot waves are expected.

“Swimmers are urged to use caution at all times and swim near a lifeguard,” said an NWS advisory, which warned that strong rip currents are likely.