High Surf Hits San Diego

A high surf advisory is in effect through Friday afternoon

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Dec 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:18 AM PDT
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High surf is expected to hit local beaches over the next several days, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

According to the NWS, a high surf advisory is in effect for west-facing beaches from Cardiff southward to the Mexican border beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday through 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The NWS said waves and surf will build Wednesday night from five feet to about eight feet, with occasional sets of surf measuring 10 feet.

A continuing swell is expected to produce six-foot waves at 15 second intervals that are likely to generate high surf on Thursday night and Friday.

As for local tides, the NWS reports that the highest tides will occur at 7:45 a.m. Thursday and around 8:15 a.m. Friday at Point Loma, with a height of 5.8 feet on both mornings.

There’s a possibility of waves breaking over jetties and against the bottom of the Ocean Beach Pier during this time. Also, the NWS said minor beach erosion and coastal flooding are possible.

Very strong rip currents are likely every morning and mid-afternoon during this week’s high surf advisory. The NWS said surf heights at local beaches will likely increase again by Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

As a precaution, locals are urged to stay out of the water during the advisory period.

Meanwhile, the NWS has also issued a small craft advisory for San Diego County coastal areas, valleys and mountains due to gusty west to northwest winds and hazardous seas.

Wednesday was wet and windy in San Diego. The gusty winds are expected to last through Tuesday, according to the NWS.

Frost may accompany these conditions in local valleys and lower deserts Thursday and Friday night.

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