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June 30, 2019 (San Diego) – If you’re planning a beach party or surfing over the holiday weekend, wait until after the 4th of July. The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard warning for Tuesday morning through Thursday night, July 2-4 for all south and southwest facing beaches in San Diego and Orange County. The warning is due to elevated surf up to 6 feet high, strong rip currents which can pull swimmers out to sea, and high astronomical tides near 6.7 feet.

Minor coastal flooding is also possible in low-lying areas during high tides, say meteorologist Mark Moede and Phil Gonsalves


Rip tides can be dangerous even to experienced swimmers so its advisable to stay out of the water in areas where rip currents are forecast.


The elevated surf and rip tides are expected to ease starting Friday, with better conditions for the weekend.


For the latest forecast updates, visit weather.gov/SanDiego.

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It is a current of water going away from the beach, not a tide. I used to body surf and could see the foamy and sometimes sandy water leaving the shore. I swam paralell to the beach until I was clear of the current, then could safely continue. Six foot surf is good, go out when the tide is coming in.