Big waves pound the Ocean Beach Pier Monday. Photo by Chris Stone
Big waves pound the Ocean Beach Pier. Photo by Chris Stone

King tides, the highest astronomical tides of the year, will create the potential for minor coastal flooding in the San Diego area this week, forecasters advised Monday.

Low-lying spots near the Pacific shoreline will be at risk of being inundated by seawater from early Tuesday through midday Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The peak hazards will occur Wednesday, when intensified westerly winds will compound the turbulent conditions, according to the agency.

Among locales likely to be affected are beach parking lots and adjacent streets and structures. Additionally, strong rip currents may make ocean swimming dangerous during the period, meteorologists said.

Following are the expected high tides over the remainder of the workweek: Tuesday, 7.4 feet at 7:12 a.m.; Wednesday, 7.6 feet at 7:51 a.m.; Thursday, 7.5 feet at 8:31 a.m.; and Friday, 7.3 feet at 9:12 a.m.

Monday morning, the tide in La Jolla peaked at 7.2 feet, a foot higher than had been predicted, according to the weather service.

— City News Service