SAN DIEGO — Strong rip currents and larger than normal surf are expected along the San Diego County coastline this week as a swell attributed to Hurricane Marie moves into Southern California, forecasters said Monday.
The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for the county’s coastal areas, which is set to remain in effect from Tuesday morning through late Thursday night.
Surf sets of 8 to 10 feet are expected to hit the beaches of northern Orange County on Tuesday, and become more widespread by Wednesday. However, forecasters said the surf along San Diego County beaches would likely stay under 7 feet.
Large surf and particularly strong rip currents and longshore currents were expected along San Diego County beaches Tuesday through Thursday, according to the statement. Minor flooding and localized beach erosion could also be possible.
Forecasters said 3- to 5-foot surf would begin to show up Tuesday at beaches north of Oceanside, and would extend south to Carlsbad on Wednesday. Surf of 3 to 5 feet is expected in southern Carlsbad on Thursday, as is 4- to 6- foot surf at Oceanside and Camp Pendleton beaches.
The currents could result in dangerous swimming and surfing conditions, according to the weather service. Beachgoers were advised to obey posted warning signs, use caution in and around the water and to swim near a lifeguard.
The southerly swell is expected to fade Wednesday night into Thursday, the NWS statement said.