Gusts of wind create hazards for Marina Del Rey beach

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — A beach hazard warning has been issued through Sunday evening as high winds are expected to batter the Los Angeles County coast this weekend, the National Weather Service reports.

Dangerous rip currents and breakers from high waves are expected at beaches in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County, the central coast of Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.

“There is an increased risk of drowning in the ocean,” according to the NWS. “Riding currents can sweep swimmers and surfers out to sea. Waves can wash people onto beaches and rocks and capsize small boats near the shore.”

Swimmers are advised to stay out of the water due to dangerous swimming conditions or stay close to busy watchtowers.

“Rock jetties can be deadly in such conditions, stay clear of rocks,” reports the NWS.

A small craft advisory and gale watch were also issued Friday afternoon. The potentially strong winds could also create dangerous sea conditions that could capsize or damage small and large vessels.

Winds heading towards the coast

A windy pattern is heading for Southern California this weekend. Winds will be strongest in southern Santa Barbara County, Antelope Valley and coastal waters.

Gusty winds of up to 25 and 35 mph are expected along the coast, with winds up to 45 mph in the mountains and desert through Monday. Winds could reach up to 60 mph on Saturday and Sunday in mountainous areas.

According to the NWS, little change is expected in temperatures through Saturday, then a cooling trend from Sunday through the middle of next week. Highs will be in the 70s through Monday and temperatures could hit the low 80s Friday in Los Angeles County.

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