High surf and dangerous rip currents will plague the Southland coast from Tuesday through Thursday.
A beach hazards statement, which is marginally less serious that a high surf advisory, will go into effect at 6 a.m. in both L.A. and Orange counties. The statement is due to expire Thursday evening in L.A. County and Thursday afternoon in Orange County.
Forecasters blamed coastline conditions on elevated surf of 3 to 6 feet resulting from a long-period southerly swell. For Orange County, forecasters expected surf of 4 to 6 feet, with sets of up to 7 feet.
"A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as rip currents, longshore currents. sneaker waves and other hazards create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone," officials said "Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don't swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help."
In addition to the dangerous conditions, Southern California can expect drizzle to travel through the area.
The slight chance of rain stems from a system over Nevada.