There’s a high risk of rip current development today, according to the National Weather Service.
The threat is due to a “developing and strengthening east to southeast flow,” a NWS bulletin advises.
“The developing high rip current risk along the New Jersey coast today is a danger to anyone entering the surf,” according to the bulletin. “Be safe and stay out of the water.”
Waves are running in the three to five foot range, and the ocean temperature is in the lower 70s.
According to NOAA, here’s how to identify a rip current:
A channel of churning, choppy water.
An area having a notable difference in water color.
A line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward.
A break in the incoming wave pattern.
Don’t fight the current.
Escape the current by swimming in a direction following the shoreline. When free of the current, swim at an angle—away from the current—toward shore.
If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water. When the current weakens, swim at an angle away from the current toward shore.
If at any time you feel you will be unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, call or wave for help.