A number of Los Angeles County beaches are under a high surf advisory through Friday evening, as strong rip currents and large waves create dangerous conditions for those trying to escape the sweltering heat.
A southeasterly swell from Hurricane Linda will move across the coastal waters, producing strong rip currents and potential sneaker waves, according to the National Weather Service.
The highest surf will hit south and southeast-facing beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the NWS said.
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The surf is expected to peak around 4 to 7 feet with local sets to 8, subsiding by 6 p.m. Friday.
Officials are warning beachgoers to take precautions as waves may wash across rocks and jetties and can sweep people into the water unexpectedly.
Last weekend, lifeguards rescued more than 5,000 people across LA and Orange counties.
The strong currents also pose hazards to anchored boats, the NWS said.
Safety recommendations include:
- Avoid climbing on jetties and rocks near the water's edge
- Stay near occupied lifeguard towers and never swim alone
- If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore
- Keep an eye on kids
CNS contributed to this report.