Hot weather is coming to the Bay Area this weekend and meteorologists are warning beachgoers to be on the lookout for erratic wave behavior.
With potential record-setting temperatures in the interior valleys of the North and East Bays this weekend, beaches are sure to be packed at a time when rip currents are expected because of a strong southern swell.
"Our concern is for the casual beachgoer who is trying to avoid the heat and heads out there and suddenly finds themselves in trouble," National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Walbrun said.
Walbrun said the swells are starting to come in from the south now that winter is kicking up in the South Pacific, creating the potential for rip currents this weekend as the waves hit the beach.
"If you're standing with your kid right in the break zone, even though it might only be a head-high wave - three, four, five feet - it will have a lot more energy... and there might be a longer time intervals between the sets, which could lull you into a sense of safety," Walburn said.
The southern swell is expected to enter Bay Area waters Wednesday night and peak on Thursday and Friday, ahead of the warmest temperatures projected for the weekend.
Temperatures are expected to reach 95 to 105 degrees in the interior valleys of the North and East Bays on Friday and they could increase to 110 degrees on Saturday, which would break the June 8 record highs for Santa Rosa (102 degrees in 1973) and Livermore (106 degrees in 1973).
But cooler weather is expected in The City and along the coasts. Meteorologists are anticipating highs around 70 degrees in The City on Friday and 75 degrees on Saturday. The record high for The City on June 8 is 92 degrees set in 1990.