High Surf Again Pounds L.A., OC Shorelines

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - High surf will again pound the Southland coast today, creating perilous conditions for swimmers and surfers amid continuing high heat.

The high surf is the result of a long-period swell that won't dissipate until late today, according to the National Weather Service.

A high surf advisory that began Monday will be in effect until 8 p.m. in L.A. and Orange counties.

Forecasters said surf of between 4 and 7 feet would pound the shore, along with sets of up to 8 feet through this evening.

``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 an NWS 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.''

The NWS forecast sunny skies in L.A. County today and highs of 77 in Avalon and at LAX; 82 in Long Beach; 83 in Downtown L.A.; 86 on Mount Wilson; 87 in San Gabriel; 89 in Burbank and Pasadena; 93 in Saugus; 95 in Woodland Hills; and 102 in Palmdale and Lancaster.

Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 68 in San Clemente; 70 in Newport Beach; 73 in Laguna Beach; 82 in Irvine and Anaheim; 85 in Fullerton; and 88 in Yorba Linda and Mission Viejo.

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