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Fourth of July: Busy Independence Day at beaches across San Diego County

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8/CNS) - San Diego Lifeguards say the Fourth of July is their Super Bowl and with hundreds of thousands of people flocking to local beaches for Fourth of July and the days surrounding it, it is easy to see why.

Officials recommended beachgoers to have a plan in place in case they get separated from each other on the crowded sand during the holiday week. They say picking a landmark to meet at is the easiest way of finding one another.

Lifeguards also want the public to know they will be out in full force on the Fourth and all week. They say to be on the lookout for large waves and very strong rip currents. If you are not a strong swimmer, it is recommended that you swim near a lifeguard tower.

“We’re expecting a very busy Fourth of July," said San Diego Lifeguard Sgt. Rick Strobel. "Every lifeguard that is available will be on duty. We’re going to start at the break of dawn and we will go passed dark."

Extreme heat and high surf in San Diego could also potentially cause dangerous conditions at the beach and throughout the region this week, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. High surf from Hurricane Fabio, is expected to create strong rip currents and hazardous swimming conditions, causing the NWS to issue a beach hazards statement for Wednesday evening through Friday evening.

Surf levels of 6-8 feet and as high as 12 feet will be possible, with surf peaking Thursday.

A building system of high pressure over the southwestern United States was predicted to send temperatures soaring by Friday, forecasters said. The NWS issued an excessive heat watch for San Diego County, along with much of the rest of Southern California, for Friday and Saturday.

Chopper 8 gives us a look at the crowds and surf at Mission Beach on Fourth of July:

High temperatures are expected to range anywhere from 103 to 108 degrees in Escondido and El Cajon on Friday, and Vista was expected to see temperatures as hot as 100.

Coastal areas will be a little cooler, with highs expected in the high 80s throughout the weekend, forecasters said.

San Diego County Deserts will remain hot all week with highs in the mid 100s everyday until Friday and a high of 118 degrees predicted for Borrego Springs.

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