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'Dangerous' rip tides bring Memorial Day weekend beach warning

May 26, 2012 | 11:38 am

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After wind and some drizzle, Memorial Day weekend should become warmer and sunnier. But officials warm about potentially dangerous surf.

Windy conditions Friday and Saturday morning brought warnings of high surf. The National Weather Service warned of rip currents though Saturday evening at some west-facing beaches in Southern California.

The NWS says the rip currents at Orange County beaches will be "very strong" and that "dangerous swimming conditions are expected."

The winds and cold weather actually resulted in a sprinkling of new snow at some mountains above 6,500 feet.

The NWS said Saturday afternoon should be sunny with highs in the 70s along the coast and 80s inland. Sunday and Monday should have pretty much the same forecast, with gray conditions along the coast in the morning.

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