Beachgoers warned of dangerous swimming conditions

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SAN DIEGO — People seeking to beat the heat today by heading to San Diego County beaches were warned that widespread and strong rip currents, combined with higher than average surf, could make for dangerous swimming conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, the hazardous conditions are expected to linger through Thursday evening as a south-southwest swell produces elevated surf, along with strong rip and long shore currents in the 68- to 74- degree water.

Forecasters said 4- to 6-foot surf would affect southwest-facing beaches and 2- to 4-foot surf was expected elsewhere along the coast.

The elevated surf and the currents could result in dangerous swimming conditions, especially for people with little experience in the water, according to the NWS. Rip currents are typically more frequent and stronger in the vicinity of jetties, inlets and piers.

Beachgoers were advised to use caution and to swim near a lifeguard.

Forecasters expect the swell to gradually lower Friday and into the weekend.

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