Rip current risk increases as onshore flow begins Tuesday

     May 2014 in South Seaside Park. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    May 2014 in South Seaside Park. (Photo: Justin Auciello/JSHN)

    A developing onshore flow Tuesday will enhance the risk of rip current development, forecasters say.

    The easterly flow is due to a pressure gradient created by a weak high pressure system over New England and a low pressure moving off the Virginia/North Carolina coast that will strengthen today, according to a Forecast Discussion issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ. 

    In response, the National Weather Service advises that there is a moderate risk of rip current development Tuesday. 

    “A moderate risk of rip currents means winds and or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents,” the forecast says. “Always have a flotation device with you in the water. Swim only in life guarded areas.”

    Those heading to the beaches can expect easterly winds around 10 mph and surf in the two to three feet range, according to the National Weather Service. 

    The onshore flow will continue for the coming days but will weaken over time, forecasters advise. 

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