Big waves expected along San Diego beaches

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SAN DIEGO – The National Weather Service predicts San Diego beaches will get hit with larger than average waves starting Monday.

A series of large west-northwest swells are expected to impact San Diego County’s beaches this week, likely bringing with them high surf and potentially dangerous rip currents, forecasters said Sunday.


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“We want to discourage swimming and diving,” said San Diego lifeguard Rich Stropky.  “Just reserve it to people that are experienced and good in the water.”

Waves are expected to reach 5 to 7 feet Monday and up to 9 feet on Tuesday as a result of storms brewing in the north-central Pacific. A third and potentially larger swell is expected Friday and Saturday.

Waves kicked up a little bit Sunday drawing quite a large number of surfers to Pacific Beach.  Lifeguards have added extra patrol to popular surf spots like Wind-N-Sea and Sunset Cliffs.

The highest surf locally is expected at west-facing beached south of Del Mar, NWS officials said.

“They’re bigger than they have been.  They were weak all summer,” said surfer Ryan Pierce about the waves Sunday.

The higher and stronger the waves the more they’re capable of pulling divers and swimmers under.  In certain areas, like La Jolla or Sunset Cliffs, people can get trapped in the rock area.

The weather advisory starts at 5 a.m. Monday and ends Wednesday.  Temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s are expected along the coast this week.

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