High surf, strong rip currents continue at local beaches

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SAN DIEGO — Strong rip currents are expected off the coast of San Diego County again Friday, but the surf has somewhat lowered, the gusty winds have subsided and the risk for wildfires has decreased.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement warning of strong rip currents and elevated surf will remain in effect through Sunday afternoon. Surf of 3 to 6 feet is expected through the weekend, with the biggest waves at northwest facing beaches.

“A couple of west-northwest swells will bring elevated surf Friday through Sunday. The combination of the elevated surf and strong astronomical tidal variations will result in dangerous rip currents,” according to the weather service.

A more severe high surf advisory was in effect earlier this week, and the crashing up to 11-foot waves prompted authorities to close the Ocean Beach Pier and the wall around the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. But the surf has since lowered.

A red flag warning issued due to gusty winds and low humidities was allowed to expire Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, high temperatures of 88 degrees at Oceanside Harbor and 94 in Vista topped local records for the date, set in 1956 and 1996, respectively. Daily heat records were tied in San Diego Wednesday, and on Tuesday in El Cajon and Ramona.

High temperatures Friday are expected to range from 80 to 85 degrees at the beaches, 84 to 89 in inland coastal areas and the western valleys, 81 to 86 near the foothills, 70 to 80 in the mountains and 81 to 86 in the deserts.

Forecasters said minor cooling is expected Saturday, but high pressure will drive temperatures back up Sunday and Monday.