High Surf, High Heat Strike Southland

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - High surf and high heat will strike the Southland today, forecasters said.

A combination of long-period south swell and moderate-period southeast swell will move through the Coastal Waters through Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service said in a statement. High surf will affect south to southeast facing beaches in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, it said.

Along with surf of 4 to 7 feet, with some sets hitting 8 feet, frequent rip currents are expected, forecasters said, adding that the highest surf will be on south to southeast-facing beaches, such as Zuma Beach and near Long Beach.

``There is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and rocks, and capsize small boats near shore,'' warned the statement. ``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 high surf advisory will be in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday in L.A. and Orange Counties.

Also expected are high temperatures.

The NWS forecast a combination of sunny and partly cloudy skies in L-A County today, along with highs of 77 at LAX; 78 in Avalon; 81 in Long Beach; 84 in Downtown L.A.; 86 in San Gabriel; 88 in Pasadena and Burbank; 92 in Saugus; 94 in Woodland Hills; and 97 in Palmdale and Lancaster.

Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 68 in San Clemente; 71 in Newport Beach; 72 in Laguna Beach; 81 in Anaheim; 82 in Irvine; 84 in Fullerton; and 86 in Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo.

A cooling trend is expected Friday.

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