The big surf is drawing crowds to the coast to see the waves and surfers to the water to take on the waves.

The hurricane is weakening as it moves into cooler waters NW of Cabo San Lucas, but it is still strong enough to generate a large southerly swell through Thursday.  Surf was expected to peak this morning and begin to subside by Thursday night. San Diego surf of 4 to 6 feet and occasionally up to 7 feet north of Carlsbad, while in Orange County surf from 8 to 15 feet with some favored spots, like the Wedge in Newport Beach could get up to 25 feet!

A BEACH HAZARD STATEMENT is in effect for the San Diego coastline through late Thursday. Expect large and dangerous surf north of Carlsbad with monster waves in Orange County where a HIGH SURF ADVISORY is in effect.  Strong rip currents will be the biggest threat for the San Diego coastline through this time period. Remember if caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shoreline.

As for the warmer temperatures, just in time for Labor Day Weekend, highs will drop closer to average and surf will ease. With onshore flow returning the marine layer will return to the coastline this weekend.