High surf will hammer California’s coast Thursday and die down Thursday night but may resurge Friday night and persist through Saturday, National Weather Service forecasters said.
A high surf advisory will be in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday in Los Angeles and Orange counties, with forecasters expecting surf of five to 10 feet, with maximum sets of 12 feet on west-facing beaches.
“There is a chance that high surf could develop again on Friday night and last through the weekend as another large long-period swell arrives,” an NWS statement said, adding that the tides won’t be high enough to generate more than minor coastal flooding.
The NWS stressed that high surf and rip currents will make ocean swimming and standing on rock jetties dangerous and urged swimmers caught in a rip current to swim parallel to shore until able to swim free.
The NWS forecast sunny skies Thursday and highs of 72 in Newport Beach; 74 in San Clemente, Palmdale and Lancaster; 75 on Mount Wilson; 76 in Avalon and Laguna Beach; 80 at LAX and in Irvine; 83 in Long Beach, Burbank, Saugus and downtown L.A.; 84 in Pasadena, San Gabriel and Mission Viejo; 85 in Fullerton and woodland Hills; and 87 in Yorba Linda. A brief cooling trend will start Friday, but more temperatures in the 80s are expected next week.
—City News Service