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Sep 4, 2016 6:19 PM

Dangerously rough surf, rip currents expected at NH beaches Labor Day

NH1 Meteorologist

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for the New Hampshire seacoast, as dangerously rough surf and rip currents will develop on Labor Day.

Surf will continue to build through Labor Day, and likely continue to be dangerous through Tuesday morning.

Waves will build to 6 to 9 feet in long period swell.

As a result, rip currents and very rough surf is likely.

At Hampton Beach, high tides will occur during the pre-dawn and early to mid afternoon hours over the next few days.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar. They can also occur in the vicinity of structures, such as jetties and piers. Swimmers are strongly advised to use caution, and be sure to heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags and signs.

If you are caught in a rip current, do not try to immediately swim back to shore. The best way to break its grip is to swim parallel to the shoreline, and then swim back toward the beach when it is possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against the current, which can be incredibly difficult.

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