High Surf Hits Local Beaches

A high surf advisory is in effect through Monday afternoon

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, Dec 1, 2012  |  Updated 1:14 PM PDT
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High surf hit Ocean Beach Saturday.

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The OB Pier in Ocean Beach was temporarily closed down Saturday due to high surf conditions, lifeguards confirmed.

San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma told NBC 7 that, due to high tides, the OB Pier would likely remained closed until about 1 p.m. Saturday as a safety precaution.

According to the National Weather Service, a high surf advisory is in effect across San Diego County beaches until 1 p.m. Monday.

The NWS says a large west to northwest swell will generate high surf along local beaches and surf heights will continue to build through Saturday, slowly calming Sunday and Monday.

At their peak, the NWS says tidal swings of more than six feet will hit beaches Saturday morning, with lower tides in the afternoon. Surf heights are expected to reach seven to 10 feet, with sets of 12 feet or higher along Cardiff.

Surf should subside by Sunday, dropping to five to eight feet.

The NWS says the high surf will create strong rip current and dangerous swimming conditions. In experienced swimmers should stay out of the water this weekend.

Breaking waves are expected at Oceanside Harbor, Mission Bay and the Ocean Beach Pier. Moderate beach erosion is also likely.

Due to the conditions, Lt. Lerma said swimmers should stay out of the water this weekend. Surfers should be extra careful when hitting the waves, he said.

“Surfers need to know their limitations and be wary of the waves out there. It’s a good idea to bring a buddy if you’re surfing. Only experts should be out there,” said Lt. Lerma.

Run-off from the recent rain is also affecting local beaches, Lerma confirmed.

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