Rip current poses risk to swimmers through evening

Surfers and swimmers, be careful out there.

A rip current warning is in effect through 8 p.m. in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Onshore winds — that is, winds blowing onto the shore, out of the east — over 10 to 15 miles per hour possess a higher likelihood of producing rip currents, says National Weather Service forecaster Robert Molleda. This afternoon, winds occasionally gusted up to 20 mph.

Rip currents, which are powerful, potentially dangerous channels of water moving quickly away from shore, are not as likely Sunday, Molleda says. That’s because winds are expected to blow out the south or southwest. “Once the winds blow offshore, you don’t get the same kind of wave action on the beach.”

Sunday’s temperatures, however, will be similar to Saturday’s, with highs in the low 80s.