High surf and rip currents expected along Southern California beaches

Strongest rip currents and the highest surf are expected along south- facing beaches

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Rip currents and elevated surf are expected along the San Diego County coastline today, a carryover from the Fourth of July weekend.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement will remain in effect through 11 p.m.

The surf is expected to be around 3 to 6 feet with sets to 7 feet, according to the advisory.

The strongest rip currents and the highest surf are expected along south-facing beaches in the North County.

Forecasters warned that rip currents are typically stronger and more frequent near jetties, inlets and piers.

The surf and currents will increase the risk of dangerous ocean conditions -- especially for those with little swimming experience, according to the weather service.

Lulls between the sets may also catch swimmers off guard.

Forecasters said swimmers who get caught in a rip current should swim parallel to the shore to escape the current before heading back to the beach.

The southerly swell is expected to decrease late tonight and Wednesday.

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