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SD lifeguards prepare for a busy Independence Day weekend

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego area lifeguards prepared Saturday for a busy Independence Day weekend due in part to triple-digit temperatures in parts of the county.

Temperatures in East and North County were expected to reach more than 100 degrees, which prompted area residents to flock to the beach. There could be water temperatures of 65-68 degrees and a surf height of up to 3 feet, according to data from the National Weather Service.

San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said he expected a high volume of rescues throughout the weekend, noting warm air and water temperatures contributed to beach and ocean traffic.

Lifeguard stations had extra staff on hand to compensate for more people at beaches this weekend, Lerma said.

"If yesterday is any indication, we are going to be busy," Lerma said, predicting a busy weekend. "But the bewitching hour has not happened yet."

San Diego lifeguards rescued about 20 people before noon Saturday, including a 9-year-old boy who had trouble swimming.

"Without a doubt we're going to be rocking and rolling all day," Lerma said.

The National Weather Service recommended people celebrating outdoors avoid strenuous activity if possible and stay hydrated with non-alcoholic drinks without caffeine. Beachgoers should use sunscreen and wear loose clothing and a hat to reduce sunburns, and take advantage of shade and air conditioned areas.

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