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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/27/2010

Beach trip? Beware of dangerous rip currents.

By Dan Stillman

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If you're headed to Ocean City or any of the mid-Atlantic beaches this weekend, you're in for a treat: Sunny skies, low humidity, Saturday highs in the low 80s to near 80, and Sunday highs in the mid-80s.

However, Mother Nature does have one serious trick up her sleeve, or in this case in the water: Dangerous rip currents courtesy Hurricane Danielle, which will be tracking northward in the Atlantic, likely to the east of Bermuda according to the National Hurricane Center.

From the NHC:

LARGE WAVES AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN BERMUDA DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS. SWELLS FROM DANIELLE WILL BEGIN TO ARRIVE ON THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES ON SATURDAY. THESE SWELLS ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

And from the National Weather Service Office in Mt. Holly, N.J., which covers the Delaware and New Jersey coast:

THE INITIAL SWELL FROM DANIELLE SHOULD ARRIVE TONIGHT (PROBABLY AROUND MIDNIGHT)...AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND. THE HIGHEST SWELL LOOKS TO BE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. RIGHT NOW...THE RIP CURRENT THREAT LOOKS GREATER SUNDAY THAN SATURDAY...BUT BOTH DAYS COULD END UP WITH A MODERATE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.

By Dan Stillman  | August 27, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  Beachcast, Tropical Weather  
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Comments

SwellInfo is calling for waist to chest Saturday morning building to overhead by Saturday evening, and staying there through Sunday.

Might be a bit too big for my longboard, depending on the period. Too close together and I just can't get out. Still good for bodyboarding though.

http://www.swellinfo.com/surf-forecast/ocean-city-maryland.html

Posted by: wiredog | August 27, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

wiredog - thanks for the link! Also, be careful ;)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | August 27, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

With that size in OC, too steep for a longboard, keep the sponge away from the surfers.

Posted by: dhartogs | August 27, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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