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Thunderstorms, higher than average surf and strong rip currents could develop along the San Diego County coastline this weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Dolores weaken and move offshore from Baja California.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement was scheduled to take effect late Friday and extend until Monday evening. Meteorologists said large south swells generated by the storm could reach local beaches as soon as Saturday evening.

“Monsoon moisture will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms this weekend, and some contribution of that moisture could come from the remnants of Dolores,” according to the weather service. “In addition, Dolores will generate large southerly swell that will produce big surf and strong rip currents on south facing beaches this weekend.”

Swells of up to 7 feet could be possible along south-facing beaches. Thunderstorms with cloud-to-ground lightning and heavy downpours could also be possible along the coast this weekend, along with gusty wind. Forecasters said there would be a 20 percent chance of measurable precipitation in coastal areas overnight and a 30 percent chance Saturday and Sunday.

Beachgoers were advised to abide by posted warning signs, talk to a lifeguard before swimming and use caution in or near the water.

—City News Service

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