Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Forecasters are predicting high surf and increased risk for rip currents this weekend along Southland beaches.

According to the National Weather Service, a building northwest swell will move into the area Saturday night, bringing with it rising surf for west-facing beaches in Los Angeles County.

Surf heights will reach 3 to 5 feet with some sets reaching as high as 7 feet on exposed west-facing beaches, forecasters said.

The elevated surf will also lead to dangerous swimming conditions and a likelihood of dangerous rip currents. Swimmers were cautioned to remain vigilant if swimming.

Rip currents and high surf will begin to diminish Sunday evening into Monday morning.

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