A Los Angeles County Lifeguard keeps an eye on surfers near the Malibu Pier as unusually large waves pound the coast. Photo by John Schreiber.
A Los Angeles County Lifeguard keeps an eye on surfers near the Malibu Pier as unusually large waves pound the coast. Photo by John Schreiber.

Long period west and south swells are expected to bring elevated surf and dangerous rip currents to Los Angeles beaches through Sunday.

The National Weather Service office in Oxnard said most beaches in Los Angeles County can expect surf heights of 3 to 6 feet. The main threat with these swells will be an increased threat of drowning due to strong rip currents.

If caught in a rip current, do not try to swim against it. Swim parallel to the shore to get out of the rip current, then swim back to the shore. Always swim near an open lifeguard tower.

The forecast for central Los Angeles from Malibu to Long Beach calls for low clouds and patchy fog in the morning, then sun with highs from the mid to upper 60s at the beaches to the mid to upper 70s inland. Lows overnight will be in the mid 50s.

Coastal Orange County will see highs Saturday of 67 to 72 under sunny skies. Lows overnight will be around 52.

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