Heading to the beach for the bank holiday weekend? 5 Things You Should Know Before You Go – OCRegister | Directory Mayhem

Want to hit the beach this weekend to beat the heat? Chances are you’re not the only one.

As temperatures soar during the Labor Day holiday, crowds will flock to the beaches to cool off — and if you’re one of those brave and patient enough to go there, here’s one few tips for navigating what is likely to be a chaotic coastline.

cooler on the coast

To put it bluntly, “It’s going to be a very, very hot Labor Day holiday weekend,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Moede, expecting excessive heat warnings to remain in place in the interior through Tuesday.

“The beach areas will definitely be where temperatures will be lower than areas further inland and much lower than areas like Yorba Linda or Ontario,” he said. “Nevertheless, it will still be very warm on the beaches.”

Newport Beach, for example, is expected to hit 82 degrees on Saturday and 86 degrees on Sunday, before cooling slightly to 83 degrees on Monday. Similar temperatures are expected along the entire coast, he said.

Compare that to Yorba Linda, who is expected to hit 105 on Saturday and 106 on Sunday, but will be slightly cooler at 99 degrees by Monday. According to NWS, downtown Los Angeles is expected to hit 99 degrees Saturday and 102 degrees by Sunday, then be slightly cooler at 97 by Monday.

Hermosa Beach, meanwhile, will hit 85 degrees on Saturday and hit 90 on Sunday, only to cool down to a still-warm 82 on Monday. Torrance, just a few miles inland, is expected to hit 94 on Saturday, 95 on Sunday and 89 on Monday.

Make sure wherever you are, pack sunscreen, hat and water.

Expect cool water

You’ll want to cool off in the water, but prepare for a numbing shock – water temperatures have dropped sharply this week with strong winds creating a ‘buoyancy’ that sees deeper, cooler water being brought to the surface.

Temperatures that were in the mid 70’s were suddenly a frigid low 60’s, prompting surfers to scramble for their wetsuits.

If winds stay light over the next few days, combined with scorching hot air temperatures, sea temperatures could rise a few degrees to a more bearable temperature.

Watch the waves

If you wish to cool off by taking a dip in the chilly sea, be warned that there will be quite a strong swell in the water which can also increase the dangers of the current.

Waves on south-facing beaches across Southern California could see surfs in the 3- to 5-foot range on Saturday and Sunday, posing a hazard for people who aren’t strong swimmers or unfamiliar with the movement of the ocean.

“The ocean can be very unforgiving to the inexperienced. Rip currents can pull you out, panic can set in and the next thing you know lifeguards are going to rescue you,” Moede said. “So you have to be aware of that possibility.”

Always consult a lifeguard to inquire about hazards and safe swimming areas.

“If you’re not a storm swimmer, be extra careful,” Moede said.

Watch the tides

So you show up early, find the perfect spot in the sand and suddenly the sea creeps closer to your stuff, threatening to soak your spot and all your belongings.

This is due to the tides, which are quite high in the late afternoon this weekend.

There is a 5.1 foot tide around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday and a 5.3 foot tide around 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday the tide will reach 5.7ft around 5:30pm – so make sure you choose your spot on the sand wisely or you could be forced to sneak into the beachgoers’ space behind you .

High tides – combined with the heavy surf – can also mean problems in tidal areas as the waves wash over the rocks. People on the rocks can be knocked over or even sucked into the sea, so stay away if the tide pools look slippery or the water is rushing in on them.

High tides can also shrink the sand space near coves, so it’s best to stay away from coves in the hours before and after the highest tides of the day.

Parking spaces and fireplaces are becoming scarce

Labor Day weekend is usually one of the busiest beach days of the year, but lifeguards anticipate crowds that could rival the usually busier Fourth of July weekend.

“We think we’re going to be very busy all summer with the heat and the increase in crowds,” said Kevin Pearsall, superintendent of state parks.

Pearsall said it’s a good reminder for people to exercise patience when heading to the coast. He expects that early in the morning there will be a queue to get into the beach parking lots.

“We’re asking everyone to be as patient as possible because everyone wants to be there,” he said. “We’re noticing so much more frustration with lines, yes they’re huge, but we all live in Southern California – it’s one of the most beautiful places to be. Everyone keep calm, drink and enjoy your three day weekend.”

Rings of fire are also collected early on the beaches they have – and remember to stick to your belongings if you want to keep your spot, he said.

“Ownership is not ownership of a ring of fire. You can’t put stuff there and go and assume your stuff is there or you get the ring of fire,” Pearsall said. “It’s really based on the cast.”

Pearsall also asked beachgoers to bring what they brought with them.

“Please pick up after yourselves, with crowds comes so much more trash and clutter,” he said. “We have an environment here that we need to protect, the birds and the wildlife.”

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