High surf
High surf and warning flag at La Jolla Shores beach. Photo by Christine Huard

A long-period southerly swell will bring elevated surf and strong rip currents to San Diego-area beaches through Thursday, making swimming potentially hazardous.

The National Weather Service office in San Diego said the surf would average 3 to 6 feet with sets to 7 feet north of Carlsbad and even higher surf in Orange County.

The strong rip currents, longshore currents and large surf will create hazardous swimming conditions, and the weather service advised beach visitors to check with a lifeguard before entering the water.

The surf will begin to subside Thursday evening.

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Chris Jennewein

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