High tides combined with elevated surf are expected to lead to strong rip currents and minor tidal overflow along parts of the San Diego County coastline today through Tuesday, forecasters said.
Astronomical high tides that could exceed seven feet, combined with the elevated surf, including isolated sets of up to six feet, are expected to create minor tidal overflow in low-lying coastal areas such as beach parking lots, along with strong rip currents that could be a danger to swimmers, according to the National Weather Service.
NWS meteorologists issued a beach hazards statement for the county's west-facing beaches.
"A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches," the weather service statement said.
Meteorologists advised beachgoers to obey posted warning signs and flags, and to consult a lifeguard before swimming. Swimmers should stay near a lifeguard, and beachgoers should use caution when in or near the water, according to the NWS.
The tides are expected to lower by late Tuesday morning. --City News Service