A sunny weekend featuring more comfortable air is ahead but for beachgoers, the rip current risk will increase, forecasters say.
A weak cold front will pass offshore by tonight, shifting winds to the north and then northeast and dropping humidly levels.
When you wake up tomorrow, you’ll feel more comfortable conditions than during the last few days.
Under sunny skies, temperatures will rise into the lower 80s, and it will feel cooler at the beaches with a northeast wind at 10 to 15 miles per hour, according to NOAA. Similar conditions are likely on Sunday but winds will become more easterly.
But the onshore flow will generate an increased concern of rip currents, with the National Weather Service calling for a moderate risk.
The risk could further increase increase Sunday as long period swells from Tropical Storm Gaston — currently about a 1,000 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and no threat to land — likely begin arriving.
The swells will become more pronounced Monday and Tuesday, lasting for much of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Waves will not be particularly large but the energy will be noticeable.
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.