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Strong rip currents at San Diego beaches

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Large tidal swings and elevated surf will generate strong rip currents at San Diego County beaches through Tuesday morning, meteorologists said Monday.

"A northwest swell will build today, peek tonight and gradually decrease Tuesday," according to the National Weather Service, which issued a beach hazards statement.

The surf throughout the advisory period was expected to reach 3 to 6 feet with a few sets to 7 feet at favored west-facing beaches.

What looks beautiful can quickly become dangerous for swimmers and surfers alike. The unseasonably hot weather over the weekend drew a large number of beach goers and tourists to county beaches. Lifeguards made 100 rescues.

"Whenever there is anybody that needs help the county, firefighters and lifeguards are all connected. The 911 system is very well integrated," said Lt. Greg Buchanan with San Diego Lifeguards. 

An extra number of lifeguards are prepared to help out in emergency situations from Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and other beach areas.

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