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No Day at the Beach: Rip Currents, Small Craft Advisory, Thunderstorms Wednesday

Rip current risk for July 25, 2018. (Credit: NWS Philadelphia)

Rip current risk for July 25, 2018. (Credit: NWS Philadelphia)

If you have beach plans for Wednesday, you’ll at least want to keep an eye on the sky – and potentially stay out of the water.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high risk of rip currents at local beaches Wednesday as seas reach 4-6 feet offshore. Making matters worse, thunderstorms – some with heavy downpours – are likely to move into the region during the day.

The surf will also run at about 6-feet, with sound winds sustained at about 15 m.p.h.

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“People visiting the beaches should stay out of the high surf,” an NWS advisory said.

The small craft advisory was set to remain in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

As for the thunderstorm threat, precipitation will move into the region as a whole after 5 a.m. and will be scattered throughout the day, meaning there will be a constant threat of a storm passing through. There is an 80 percent chance of rain in Ocean County. The scattered storms will last through Wednesday night, giving way to fog after 3 a.m. Thursday.

Clouds will continue into Thursday and the sun will re-emerge Friday, the forecast said.

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