A few surfers braved the waves at Windansea Beach projected to be higher than 10 feet.
A surfer braves 10-foot waves at Windansea Beach last January. Photo by Chris Stone

The National Weather Service office in San Diego is forecasting unusually high surf on Monday and Tuesday for the San Diego and Orange County beaches.

A strong long-period, west-northwest swell will bring waves of 7 to 11 feet with sets to 13 feet in San Diego and slightly lower surf in Orange County.

The swell direction is 290 degrees with a period of 18 to 20 seconds.

The weather service said the surf will peak late Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning.

Strong rip currents are also expected, with minor flooding possible in the lowest coastal locations during early morning high tides.

The weather service warned surfers and bathers of increased risk of drowning, noting that “sneaker waves and other hazards can create life-threatening conditions in the surf zone.”

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Chris Jennewein

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