San Diego beachgoers should be aware of dangerous ocean conditions in the next several days, the National Weather Service advised Friday.
A special weather statement warns of higher than usual surf beginning Sunday morning and lasting through Tuesday afternoon. A high surf warning was issued Sunday as well.
Beaches south of Carlsbad are expected to experience 8 to 10 foot waves, with sets to 15 feet, on Sunday and Monday.
“These waves will make it dangerous to be standing too close,” warned NBC 7's Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh. “People looking to get a view of the active ocean should steer clear of the jetties, and avoid standing on rocks. Large waves can come unexpectedly.”
Swimmers are also being urged to keep out of the water, due to powerful and dangerous rip currents that will be present.
NWS officials say a strong low-pressure system north of Hawaii has created large waves that will move into the waters of southwest California late Saturday as a large, very long-period westerly swell.
Forecasters warn of dangerous rip currents, sneaker waves, beach erosion and minor coastal flooding, especially during high tides.