Millions will head to the beat this summer to soak up the sun's rays and cool off in the ocean's waves.
But, summer means that lifeguards along the East and Gulf coasts are prepared to deal with one of the ocean's greatest dangers: rip currents.
Rip currents are narrow, fast-moving channels of water that move away from the beach due to irregularities along the shoreline such as sandbars and piers, AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline said.
Rip currents are dangerous year-round, not just in the summer. Capt. Julio Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told CBS that 80 percent of their rescues happen in rip currents.
Rip currents are shown along a crowded beach on the Delaware shore. (Photo/NWS/Courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant).
"Rips are a predictable hazard," Ocean Rescue Supervisor David Elder of the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department said. "With accurate and timely information, lifeguards work to decrease exposure to the hazards of not only rip currents, but all beach hazards."
If caught in a rip current, the best thing to do is to swim parallel to the shore out of the rip current, Elder said.
"Don't fight the current: It's basically like being on a treadmill," he said. "Once out of the current, swim back to the shore."
The best way to survive a rip current is to be able to identify them and avoid them. However, if you find yourself caught in one, use these tips to safely escape:
Tropical Depression 8 has formed east of the Carolinas and should strengthen into a tropical storm before impacting the coastal Carolinas early this week.
Despite struggling to do so last week, a tropical depression has developed just south of Florida and will turn toward the northeastern Gulf Coast of the United States this week.
Brief relief from heat and humidity will arrive in the northeastern United States at the start of September.
Typhoon Lionrock is poised to make landfall in Japan near Sendai early in the new week with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.
Hawaii is facing two tropical threats this week as Madeline and Lester churn westward.
Slow-moving and repetitive downpours will raise the risk for flash flooding along the western Gulf Coast into early week.
Rochester, MN (1979)
2.73 inches of rain fell in 50 minutes making this the wettest August on record. (9.52 inches of rain so far this month). The heavy downpour flooded the streets of Rochester, stranding about 1,500 cars.
A five-state tornado outbreak in Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri occurred on this date. In all, 20 tornadoes were reported. Nine were in Iowa. One near Farragut, IA, in the extreme SW corner of the state, caused several fatalities and numerous injuries.
Sherman Pass, WA (1980)
2 inches of snow.