Ocean-goers should be on the look-out for rip currents today as the National Weather Service is warning that there is a moderate risk of today due to a combination of an easterly swell and a strong shore current.
The weather service said that a spotter in Long Beach Island said the risk for beaches there borders on high. The weather service may issue a warning regarding a high risk of rip currents today.
Swim only on guarded beaches. Rip currents tend to form near submerged structures, jetties, groins and piers. The currents form as wave energy is deflected and then concentrated as the water returns out to sea. Do not attempt to swim against the current if you get caught in one; instead, let the current carry you out and then gradually swim back to shore in a diagonal direction.
The ocean temperature in Atlantic City is 77 degrees, as of 6:30 a.m. The bay temperature in many places is in the mid to upper 80s.
Today’s high temperature is expected to be in the upper 80s to near 90 inland, with a possibly sea breeze this afternoon, and in the low to mid 80s today along the coast, with a sea breeze likely this afternoon.
Temperatures will increase Friday and through the weekend as another heat wave is expected to begin and last through Monday, the weather service said.