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Bigger Waves, Strong Rip Currents A Danger To OC Swimmers

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(credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

ORANGE (CBSLA.com) — Temperatures may be in the mid-70s this week, but meteorologists say a northwest swell has brought bigger than usual waves and strong rip currents to Orange County’s beaches Monday, posing a danger to swimmers.

The National Weather Service scheduled a beach hazards statement for the county’s coastal areas through Tuesday morning, saying 4- to 6-foot surf with 16 to 18-second lulls was likely, especially north of Newport Beach.

“Strong rip currents and elevated surf will create dangerous swimming conditions, especially for inexperienced swimmers,” an NWS advisory said. “The long period of the swell will create long lulls in wave activity followed by high wave sets that may catch swimmers off guard.”

Through Christmas Day, the forecast high is 75 degrees with clear skies.

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