High surf advisory issued along San Diego coast

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SAN DIEGO — A large westerly swell will bring above average surf to San Diego County later Wednesday, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service scheduled a high surf advisory for local beaches from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday. During that time, surf heights on exposed west-facing beaches will range from 5 to 8 feet, the agency said.

A high surf advisory is issued whenever larger than normal waves are expected to spur hazards at the beach, including strong rip currents and beach erosion.

Ocean-users were reminded that if caught in a strong rip current, it’s best to swim parallel to shore until free of the current.