Surf's up dude! Huge waves will continue to pound the Southern California beaches through the last unofficial weekend of summer.
A storm thousands of miles away, near New Zealand, started the chain of waves moving towards California last week, like a big plunger in a giant bathtub.
Areas hit by the swell will have waves between 7 and 9 feet high, with occasional sets to 11 feet on exposed southwest-facing beaches, through the weekend, a National Weather Service report said. The big waves are good news for surfers.
"This swell event will be one of the largest surf episodes during the Summer of 2011," Surfline.com President Sean Collins wrote.
"This same swell passed through Tahiti on Saturday during a world tour surfing competition," Collins said, "and generated waves near 40 feet that also damaged coastline structures in Tahiti."
The waves in California will be much smaller than the waves in Tahiti, but it's still bad news for the average beach bum.
"This is a very dangerous situation for [people] who may find themselves suddenly caught by these large waves on rocks, jetties or in deeper water," Collins wrote.
Mild weather and passing showers will greet concert goers this weekend as artists take the stage at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend Festival and Sound City.
A slow-moving storm system will continue to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms to parts of Italy and the Balkan Peninsula into this weekend.
It might feel more like late October rather than late May in the Northeast on Friday night as temperatures dip well below normal.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, but the summer warmth set to dominate the Northeast next week will not be here to stay.
Another round of downpours and thunderstorms will bring a renewed threat for flooding from Kansas to Texas over the Memorial Day Weekend.
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