If you’re heading to the beach this weekend in California, you’ll want to take extra precautions if you’re planning on wading into the water.
Large swells as a result of two tropical systems off the California coastline won’t directly impact the Golden State, but they will lead to increased wave heights and potentially dangerous rip currents, especially for south-facing shores in southern parts of the state.
Choppy surf from Hurricanes Hilary and Irwin, located roughly 1,000 miles south of California in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean, are combining to increase swells in California later this week and into the weekend.
Average or weaker swimmers should avoid south-facing shores in central and southern California this weekend. Even stronger swimmers should take extra caution when swimming or surfing.
That said, expert surfers will undoubtedly enjoy the possibility of large swells, especially on south-facing beaches, which stand to get the bulk of the larger surf as they directly face the twin hurricanes responsible for chopping up the seas.
Remember, if you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore to get out of it, then swim back to safety. Never try and ‘fight’ the current by swimming directly towards shore.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest through the tropical season.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi