High surf warning. Photo courtesy Stephen T. Coleman / National Weather Service

High surf will pound the San Diego County coastline Monday and Tuesday, making swimming dangerous and possibly flooding coastal areas.

Surf of between 6 and 10 feet will hammer the coast Monday, with sets of 15 feet expected in some spots, according to the National Weather Service. Surf of 5 to 8 feet is expected Tuesday, with sets of 10 feet. The highest surf will appear south of Carlsbad.

The weather service attributed the high surf to a large west-to-northwest long-period swell. It said the surf would diminish gradually Tuesday through Wednesday.

A high surf warning issued by the weather service will be in effect in San Diego County until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The highest tides will be 5.6 feet at 4:15 a.m. Monday and 6 feet at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service.

“A high surf warning indicates that dangerous, battering waves with local sets to 15 feet will impact local beaches. This will result in very dangerous conditions in and around the surf zone,” a weather service statement said. It said impacts will include “very dangerous swimming conditions due to large waves and very strong rip currents. Waves overtopping jetties, minor coastal flooding during high tide, beach erosion and damage to piers are also possible.”

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.