Advisories will be in effect until 2 a.m. Monday and includes warnings of dangerous swimming and surfing conditions, beach erosion, and minor tidal overflow.

SAN DIEGO — A high-surf and a coastal flood advisory will be in effect through Monday at San Diego County beaches, with large breaking waves up to 12 feet and some expected minor flooding, forecasters said.


Both advisories will be in effect until 2 a.m. Monday and include warnings of dangerous swimming and surfing conditions, beach erosion and minor tidal overflow during morning high tides at low-lying coastal areas such as beach parking lots and walkways.

On Friday morning, the Coronado Police Department closed the boardwalk behind Hotel Del Coronado at 1500 Orange Avenue for an undetermined amount of time due to high tides. The San Diego Fire Department on Friday also closed Mission Bay Channel due to high surf until Monday, advising boaters the alternate option is San Diego Bay. SDFD added that San Diego lifeguards will be periodically advising boaters on surf conditions via VHF channel 16.

Locations most susceptible to flooding include Cardiff and Seaside State Beaches, portions of Del Mar, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach and Imperial Beach. Potential flooding of parking lots, parks and roads with isolated road closures can be expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials advised that breaking waves can sweep people off jetties and docks and into dangerous seas. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions.

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Higher surf will continue through the start of the New Year with the possibility of some waves up to 15 feet. A High Surf Warning has been issued for our coastline starting Thursday morning and lasting through early Monday. Dangerously high surf is expected to peak over the weekend with most waves between 8 feet and 12 feet but some sets as high as 15 feet. 

To accompany the High Surf Warning, a Coastal Flood Advisory is also in effect with low lying parking lots, boardwalks, and neighborhoods seeing the chance of minor coastal flooding.

Tidal overflow will also be a hazard as the high surf is coupled with morning high tides between 5 to 6 feet.


  • Saturday: 5.3′ at 10:14 am
  • Sunday: 4.9′ at 10:51 am

With many people expected to be out and about for New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day, our chance of rain is slim, but there is a potential for some scattered showers to come about. No widespread rain is expected, but we can’t rule out some light activity either. All models favor, however, mostly dry weather to ring in the new year.

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By Duke Ogden

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