High surf expected through Monday

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High surf, which could generate dangerous rip currents, is expected at beaches throughout San Diego County today through

National Weather Service forecasters said surf heights would build quickly today, peak late Friday, then slowly diminish Sunday through Monday.

A high surf advisory will be in effect from 6 a.m. today until 1 p.m. Monday.

“High surf and very strong rip currents will result in dangerous swimming conditions at the beaches, especially for inexperienced swimmers,”
according to an NWS advisory.

The surf that could reach between 4 and 7 feet this morning is expected to build to between 6 to 9 feet tonight through Saturday.

Sets of up to 12 feet could be possible along beaches south of Del Mar.

According to NWS forecasters, waves breaking across the entrance to Oceanside Harbor and Mission Bay would be likely, along with larger waves that could wash over jetties and low-lying portions of the Ocean Beach Pier.

The NWS said tidal swings of more than 6 feet would occur between morning high tides and afternoon low tides, and the potential for moderate beach erosion will be high.

The surf should slowly subside Sunday, and heights are expected to drop below 7 feet at most beaches by Monday afternoon.

West-facing shores are likely to get the highest waves, the result of a storm in the Northeast Pacific Ocean, according to NWS forecasters.

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