A surfer slips between the pilings of the Ocean Beach pier during a high swells. Photo by Chris Stone

Big waves at San Diego County beaches stemming from post-tropical Cyclone Eugene are expected to be somewhat lower Thursday, but strong rip currents will remain a concern into the weekend.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement warning of elevated surf, strong rip currents and breaking waves will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday. A more serious high surf advisory expired at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

“Water temperatures mostly in the lower to mid 70s will contribute to a larger number of people in the water and thus encountering the rip currents,” according to a weather service statement.

Surf of 3 to 6 feet and sets of 7 to 8 feet are expected Thursday along south-facing North County beaches. The surf will lower slightly Friday.

Forecasters warned that the higher-than-average surf and strong currents would raise the risk of drowning, especially for inexperienced swimmers. Anyone caught in a rip current should try to relax and if possible, swim parallel to the shore and if unable to escape, face the beach and call or wave for help.

—City News Service

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