Photo by John Schreiber
Photo by John Schreiber

The strongest surf event of the season is expected to begin Monday morning with waves as high as 12 feet hitting west-facing Los Angeles beaches.

But that’s good news for surfers, as Southern California will bask under perfect December beach days with high temperatures along the sand expected to be in the mid to upper 70s through midweek.

Sunday will be about 75 degrees along the coast and about 78 downtown Los Angeles and other inland areas.

And the warm temperatures will be with us through Wednesday, topping out at 80 degrees at downtown Los Angeles and other inland areas by Tuesday.

A National Weather Service high surf advisory goes into affect at 6 a.m. on Monday and lasts through 6 p.m. Tuesday because of a storm originating in the Gulf of Alaska.

A 6-10 foot surf with local maximum sets to 12 feet is expected across west facing beaches of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The forecast for central Los Angles for Sunday calls for partly cloudy conditions with highs in the 70s. Lows Sunday night will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Monday will be partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s.

Coastal Orange County will also be partly cloudy, with highs 74 to 79 and lows 43 to 48 overnight. Highs Monday will be in the mid to upper 70s.

Forecasters said the high surf will produce dangerous rip currents, minor coastal flooding and beach erosion, as well as sneaker waves that can inundate beaches and crash over jetties and rock walls.

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