Southern California big surf running through Tuesday

A big swell out of the southwest generated by a storm thousands of miles away is expected to produce surf up to 10 feet in Southern California today.

The surf started building yesterday and should be slightly larger today.

With the big waves expected to continue through Tuesday, lifeguards are warning people against venturing out on jetties where they could get swept away. Only experienced swimmers and surfers should get in over their heads.

The body of an apparent drowning victim was pulled from the water at Cabrillo Beach about 4:50 p.m. yesterday.

Surfers can expect shoulder-high and overhead waves today and Tuesday.

At the Wedge in Newport Beach, where the harbor jetty helps pump up the surf, breakers could be 12-15 feet.

Otherwise, the biggest waves are expected along south-facing beaches in Orange and San Diego counties, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In parts of Santa Monica Bay, the swell will be somewhat blocked by Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands.

Still, parts of Malibu and other south-facing beaches are expected to have breakers 4-8 feet, with some sets up to 10 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Surf-zone water temperatures will be in the low 60s.

With the pounding waves come strong currents that can pull swimmers offshore. Lifeguards recommend swimming parallel to the beach to get out of rip currents before turning toward shore.

The big waves started with a storm off New Zealand. A NWS surf advisory will be in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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