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Despite cooler temps, crowds flock to beaches

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Lifeguards throughout San Diego County are prepared as crowds of people flock to the beach Saturday despite cooler weather.

Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 60s throughout the weekend with light winds, according to data from the National Weather Service.

"We're seeing a lot of umbrellas on the beach already," said San Diego lifeguard Nick Lerma. "There's a lot of people on the boardwalk."

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and is a great reason to enjoy the sand and surf, but beachgoers should be careful in the water because of high rip current risks and dangerous swimming conditions.

The San Diego station had 20 extra lifeguards scheduled this weekend to be prepared to handle any incidents, including responding after a sailboat capsized around 1 p.m. today near Fiesta Island, leaving three people in the water, but uninjured.

Lower temperatures should not affect beach traffic much, said Del Mar city lifeguard Steve Glass, and he expected to see crowds of up to 10,000 people this weekend.

Many stations have extra lifeguards scheduled for the holiday weekend and others have extra staff on standby to be called in if needed.

"We have to make sure we're not taken off guard by anything you can imagine," said Solana Beach lifeguard supervisor Lou Mathe.

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