Big surf to hit San Diego County beaches over July 4th weekend

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(Gary Robbins )

A swell out of the south-southwest will produce waves in the 4-to-7 foot range, with occasionally larger sets, in northern-most San Diego County over Fourth of July weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

The swell will begin to arrive on Friday and peak on Saturday. Most of the energy will be concentrated in areas like San Onofre State Beach. But forecasters say Oceanside also will get big waves while smaller but strong surf rolls ashore in South County.

Orange County’s favored spots will receive 5-to-8 foot waves, with sets to 10-feet, forecasters say. The surf could hit the 15-to-20 foot range on Saturday at The Wedge in Newport Beach.

The system also will produce dangerous rip currents from Imperial Beach to southern Ventura County.

“This is a cause for concern because the waves will come when the temperature is higher than normal, driving people to the beach,” said Mark Moede, a weather service forecaster.

Saturday’s highs will reach the 72-to-75 degree range at San Diego County beaches. Temperatures will climb to 75-to-80 a short distance from the coast, and will hit the 80-to-89 degree range across inland valleys and foothills, Moede said.

Sunday’s temperatures could be about two degrees higher.