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National Weather Service Warns of Lightning Strikes at Local Beaches

The National Weather Service cautioned beachgoers of lightning strikes along San Diego’s coasts Wednesday.

In a beach hazards statement, NWS said thunderstorms over San Diego’s coastal waters may briefly move onshore until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

During this time, lightning may strike at or near local beaches.

From 2:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., NWS issued an airport weather warning Wednesday, as Thunderstorms with cloud to ground lightning will move over or be within 5 miles of the (San Diego International Airport)," NWS said in its warning.

The thunderstorms moved away from the airport after 3:30 p.m., NWS said.

Additionally, NWS issued a high surf advisory until 1 p.m. Friday.

Waves may reach up to 5 to 8 feet tall, hitting its highest stride in Del Mar, NWS said.

The high tides will peak Thursday, according to NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

Parveen said there will be strong rip currents during this time that present a higher risk of dangerous swimming conditions.

Spring showers are expected Wednesday through Thursday with a slight chance of thunderstorms.

A wind advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday, bringing a chance of westerly winds reaching up to 30 miles per hour and gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

The possibility of rainfall in San Diego increases Wednesday evening and scattered showers are expected to move inland Thursday, Parveen said.

By Friday, NWS’ advisories will expire and Parveen said the county will dry out.

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