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Warmer Temps, Strong Riptides for Memorial Day

The sun will shine on Memorial Day weekend, but high winds could stir up dangerous rip currents along the Southern California coast

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    High surf began pounding the coast Friday afternoon, generating dangerous rip currents. Lifeguards say many beachgoers that caught in the strong rip currents try to swim back to shore, when they should be going with the flow until they can get around the current. Cary Berglund reports from Manhattan Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 25, 2012. (Published Friday, May 25, 2012)

    Friday started off gloomy with cooler-than-usual temperatures but warmer weather is expected to roll in, with plenty of sunshine throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

    With that beach weather, comes a warning from lifeguards to be careful of strong rip currents.

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    Here's a look at Friday's weather forecast with NBC4 forecaster Byron Miranda. (Published Friday, May 25, 2012)

    "We are anticipating some dangerous rip currents, and rip currents are currents that pull out to sea and people who fight against them generally get tired out and then we have to go rescue them," said Jeff Horn with Los Angeles County fire.

    When caught in a rip current, many swimmers try to paddle back to shore, but lifeguards said to do the opposite.

    A riptide is like a river going out to sea, so beachgoers have to swim past that river and then swim into shore.

    To be safe at the beach, officials advise to swim where a lifeguard tower is visible and not to enter the water if it seems too strong to handle.

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    Some SoCal residents awoke Friday to light rain, which could linger through Saturday morning. The high for Friday was 64 degrees with a low of 54.

    "Highs today running about 10 to 15 degrees below average because of that onshore flow and the cool air over us with that frontal system popping by Monday," said NBC4 Meteorologist Byron Miranda.

    A high-wind warning was issued for Riverside and San Bernardino counties until 4 a.m. Saturday.

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    Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high of 68 and low of 54.

    Sunday will be sunny, with a high of 71 and a low 58.

    For Memorial Day, expect perfect barbequing weather with party cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s.

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