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    Deadly Rip Currents Persist, Sparking Rescues Across Area Beaches

    By By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    July 15, 2014, 12:41:48 AM EDT

    With seasonable temperatures and sunny skies making ideal beach weather this weekend, weather and beach officials are urging swimmers to take caution of rough waters that can create deadly rip currents.

    Beaches across the area have had rip current warnings on and off for weeks. Still, swimmers are getting stuck in the choppy, dangerous waters and constant rescues have been made by area lifeguards.

    A swimmer drowned Wednesday in Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes, according to KABC. Though the Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to the scene, it was too late to rescue the man.

    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. If caught in one, a rip current can pull a swimmer far away from the shoreline.

    "If caught in a rip current, the best thing to do is to swim parallel to the shore out of the rip current," Ocean Rescue Supervisor David Elder of the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department recently told AccuWeather.

    In an incident over the July Fourth weekend, a veteran lifeguard drowned during a rip current rescue in Newport Beach during an attempted rip current rescue.

    Ben Carlson, 32, disappeared under a large wave attempting to rescue a swimmer, according to local police. The swimmer made it to shore safely.

    AP reported that a three-hour search was conducted before Carlson's body was pulled from the waters.

    It is important to remember to listen to beach officials when risky water situations arise. By not heeding warnings, you may end up endangering more lives than your own.

    In other area concerns, many parts of California are still suffering from severe drought.

    As much of California continues to deal with drought complications, the Los Angeles area will not see relief for an extended stretch of time.

    Dry skies filled with sunshine will cover the area into next week. After low clouds break in the early afternoon, mostly sunny skies will shine.


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    Temperatures will rise into the high 80s towards the beginning of next week. Overnight temperatures should reach the upper 60s. By midweek, temperatures will fall back to the mid-80s.

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    Those planning to spend extended amounts of time in the sun this weekend should take proper precautions by regularly applying sunscreen throughout the day and staying adequately hydrated.

    In the exceptional drought state according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, there is a chance for a small shower later next week. Still, California will continue to deal with drought consequences.

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