Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

High surf will pound the Southland coast Monday amid strong rip currents at the start of a week expected to produce a day of unusually high temperatures.

In Orange County, a high surf advisory will be in effect until 6 p.m., indicating an expectation of pounding surf and dangerous rip currents. Forecasters said they expect surf of between 4 and 7 feet, with sets to 8 feet this morning, decreasing this afternoon and evening. The highest surf will be north of Newport Beach and south of Del Mar.

Along the L.A. County coast, surf of 3-6 feet is expected Monday, along with strong, dangerous rip currents, according to the NWS, which said the same is expected Wednesday and again Friday into Saturday. A beach hazard statement, which is less serious than a high surf advisory, is due to be in force until 6 p.m. in L.A. County.

In these conditions, “there is an increased risk of ocean drowning. Rip currents can pulls swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off of beaches or rocks and capsize small boats near shore,” warned an NWS statement.

Swimmers who get snagged by a rip current should swim parallel to shore until able to break free, it said.

NWS forecasters said temperatures of 15-20 degrees above normal would keep the Southland toasty Wednesday, when a number of L.A. County communities are expected to hit temperatures in the low 90s.

“It’s rather unusual though not unprecedented,” said NWS meteorologist Andrew Rorke, attributing the expected high heat to high pressure and Santa Ana winds.

The NWS forecast cloudy skies in L.A. County Monday and highs of 73 at LAX; 74 in Avalon; 77 in Mount Wilson; 78 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 79 in Long Beach and downtown L.A.; 82 in San Gabriel, Burbank, and Saugus; 84 in Pasadena; and 86 in Woodland Hills.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 71 in Newport Beach; 72 in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 79 in in Irvine; 80 in Anaheim and Mission Viejo; 81 in Fullerton; and 82 in Yorba Linda.

Temperatures will rise several degrees Tuesday, hitting the low 90s in several communities in inland Orange County and L.A. County valley areas, and by several more degrees on Wednesday, when several more communities will hit the 90s as well.

Wednesday’s expected highs include 92 downtown L.A., Long Beach. San Gabriel, and Burbank; 93 in Pasadena, Yorba Linda, Anaheim and Fullerton; 94 in Woodland Hills; and 95 in Irvine and Mission Viejo.

—City News Service

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