Surf's Still Up on the Coast - NBC Bay Area

Surf's Still Up on the Coast

Powerful surf is pounding Bay Area beaches.



    Morning mist & mostly mild temps

    Our marine layer is about 1,500 thick pushed inland to the Altamont Pass and inland Solano county to the northeast by a fairly robust sea breeze. This will insure our temperatures stay fairly cool around the peninsula and coast where the low clouds will be tough to clear. Farther inland, we'll manage more 70s and 80s with the hottest places inland near Pleasanton, Sunol and Morgan Hill to the south will see highs in the upper 80s to near 90. Some warming into the mid 90s in our inland valleys around Tuesday/Wednesday as high pressure ramps up a bit. Hope you're enjoying Labor Day weekend so far, enjoy your Sunday! - Rob Mayeda (Published Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011)

    The big waves that have been hitting beaches up and down the California coast have created dangerous swimming conditions for the crowds of people headed to the beach over the long holiday weekend.

    On Sunday the National Weather Service extended high surf advisories through the evening hours. It warns 6- to 8-foot waves, with an occasional 10-footer, could hit the coast from San Francisco to
     San Diego. 

    You can blame (or credit) the surf conditions on a powerful storm in New Zealand.

    The waves have been forecast all week and arrived Thursday to the delight of surfers. Initially they were supposed to subside Sunday, but that forecast changed over the weekend. 

    Popular Pleasure Point in Capitola and Steamer's Lane in Santa Cruz have been flooded with surfers who want to catch a wave, as well as surf-watchers who want to catch them catch a wave.

    The big waves coincide with a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s, not to mention a day off Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

    The wave warning is great for surfers, but comes with a warning for the general public because of a rip tide.

    Beach-goers are being told to be careful on all south facing beaches.