Dangerous swimming conditions may threaten thousands of swimmers headed to the beach this holiday weekend.
A storm way out in the Pacific generated a fairly large swell that will arrive on Saturday.
The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazards Statement for San Diego and Orange County beaches, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and lasting through 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Waves will build from 4 to 6 feet, with occasional 7 and 8 foot sets. Strong and frequent rip currents will also be a concern. The biggest waves will be present on Sunday.
“It is very important to swim near a lifeguard,” NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said. “They know where the rips are and will be able to keep you safe.”
The weather this weekend is fitting for a trip to the beach. Coastal areas will climb into the upper 70s, with developing sunshine. Inland areas will be in the low to mid 80s.