Saturday, May 4, 2013

High surf and rip current warnings continue in Daytona area Saturday

High surf and rip current warnings continue in Daytona area Saturday, Update: Late Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said the risk of rip currents extended to the entire central Florida Atlantic coast, and a Small Craft Advisory was issued for the same area out 60 nautical miles

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The high surf advisory has been extended for coastal Volusia and Brevard Counties Saturday. The National Weather Service in Melbourne says the warning is in effect until 8 Saturday night. Forecasters warn of “…wave heights to 11 to 13 feet in the open Atlantic today [leading to] hazardous breaking waves in the surf zone along with strong and dangerous rip currents.” Peak breakers are expected by Saturday afternoon “…reaching 5 to 7 feet near the beaches.” The Weather Service also advised beachgoers not to swim alone and to always swim in front of a lifeguard.

The Daytona Beach area forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers Saturday, with thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy otherwise with a high around 80. East to southeast winds will be around 15 miles per hour, with gusts up to 25 miles per hour. The chance of rain goes down to 20 percent Saturday night, with a low near 66. Winds will be slower also, from the east at 5 to 10 miles per hour.

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