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."
Fun in the sun at the #Beach for the #FourthOfJuly ?????? In Encinitas, Moonlight Beach is packed and the water is warm. Lifeguards handled a handful of rescues and stingray medical calls. Catch the story on @CBS8 5 & 6:30pm and @thecwsandiego at 7pm pic.twitter.com/1rJ0Q1KRbq— Heather HOPE (@HopeNEWS8) July 4, 2018
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.
Happy #4thofJuly from NWS San Diego! / Temperatures at 9pm tonight: mid 60s on the beaches, low 70s inland, and mid 90s in the Coachella Valley and San Diego County Deserts / A few clouds along the coast, but they will be high enough to not obscure fireworks / #cawx #SanDiego pic.twitter.com/V5JJj3eZwW— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) July 4, 2018
Heading to the #beach to escape the heat after #4thofJuly ? Beware that #HurricaneFabio will help generate some elevated and high surf conditions on the coast of 6-8 ft, with 10-12 ft possible in isolated spots Wed-Fri. #CAwx #SanDiego #surf pic.twitter.com/yIcixy2vuG— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) July 2, 2018
Updated high temperatures for Friday in #SoCal. An Excessive Heat Watch is in effect for Friday and Saturday. Stay hydrated and cool this weekend! #cawx #SanDiego #PalmSprings pic.twitter.com/xi4WCMyecn— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) July 4, 2018
Even though the bulk of the swell generated by Hurricane Fabio over the next few days will be well offshore, the storm's wind field should spend sufficient time in the SoCal swell window for big surf to reach south-facing beaches by late Wed/Thu. https://t.co/Y9FNpNPUJh #cawx pic.twitter.com/7wVZcgujQu— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) July 3, 2018