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High surf to hit LA and Orange County coast

The National Weather Service released this enhanced infrared satellite image of the Western U.S. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.
LOS ANGELES — High surf will pound the coast in Los Angeles and Orange counties from Wednesday night through Friday night, and strong rip currents will threaten swimmers and surfers, forecasters said.
A beach Hazards statement, which is a fraction less serious than a high surf advisory, will be in force from Wednesday night through Friday evening in both counties, and elevated surf of 3 to 6 feet is expected at south-facing beaches in L.A. County during that time, they said
“There is an increased risk of ocean drowning,” warned a National Weather Service statement. “Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash people off of beaches and rock jetties.
“Swim near a lifeguard. If caught in a rip current, relax and float. Don’t swim against the current. If able, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help.”
A beach Hazards statement was also issued for Orange County, where surf of 4 to 6 feet is expected, according to the National Weather Service.
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The NWS forecast partly cloudy skies in L.A. County Wednesday and highs of 79 at LAX; 80 in Avalon; 85 in Downtown L.A., Long Beach and on Mount Wilson; 89 in San Gabriel and Burbank; 92 in Pasadena; 95 in Santa Clarita and Woodland Hills; and 100 in Palmdale and Lancaster.
Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 73 in San Clemente; 77 in Newport Beach; 78 in Laguna Beach; 84 in Irvine; 85 in Anaheim; 86 in Fullerton and Mission Viejo; and 88 in Yorba Linda.
Even though a warming trend had been expected, Thursday’s temperatures will be about the same, and they will be marginally higher Friday.
Source: OC Register

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