Weather forecasters are warning Southern California residents and travelers alike that life-threatening conditions are on tap both along the coast and further inland.
According to the National Weather Service, waters off the Los Angeles and Ventura coastlines are posing danger to swimmers and surfers. The agency has issued a “moderate” rip current risk for both counties, which it defined as “life-threatening rip currents are possible.”
Additionally, there is a slight chance of coastal thunderstorms with lightning in both counties, according to the NWS.
The agency has issued a beach hazards statement for the areas that remains in effect through 12 a.m. Monday, but it warned that the strong rip currents will likely continue through Tuesday.
Surf height is forecast at 2-4 feet both days.
In Orange County, the NWS issued a beach hazards statement as well, but said the rip current risk is “low,” which it defined as “life threatening rip currents are unlikely but still could occur.” Surf height is forecast at 1-3 feet.
Thunderstorms and lightning are not forecast to reach Orange County coastal areas.
In the San Bernardino County and Riverside County mountains and high desert regions, thunderstorms are expected to develop and isolated flash flooding is possible Monday and Tuesday, the NWS reported.
“A greater influx of moisture tonight and Monday will bring more widespread thunderstorms Monday afternoon, primarily over the mountains where the flash flood potential will be the greatest,” the NWS report continued.