Environment & Science

High surf expected on Southern California coast

A surfer enters the water at El Porto Beach as big waves from El Niño storms continued to affect Los Angeles on January 8, 2016. California is bracing for more El Niño storm weather over the next three months.
A surfer enters the water at El Porto Beach as big waves from El Niño storms continued to affect Los Angeles on January 8, 2016. California is bracing for more El Niño storm weather over the next three months.
MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Swimmers and surfers are being warned of high surf that will pound the Southern California coast for the next several days.

The National Weather Service says waves resulting from a long-period swell could top 7 feet starting Monday and rise to more than 12 feet into Wednesday.

Warnings go into effect at 10 p.m. Monday along the coasts of Los Angeles and Orange counties.

"Last week, we had pretty good winds coming straight in," Heath Hamilton, who works at the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica Beach, told KPCC. "The water's a lot choppier and a lot rougher than it normally is. There was a couple of days where the surf pushed up over the bern and was all the way up to the edge of our walkway."

The weather service says swimming conditions will be dangerous and that beach erosion and minor flooding are possible. The biggest waves are expected on west-facing beaches, including Palos Verdes, Zuma Beach and Santa Monica.

This story has been updated.