A large and fast-moving cold front will dive down the Southern California coastline on Sunday, producing 20 foot-plus waves and 50 mph-plus winds in a “rare and dangerous” event in the outer waters, according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters at the weather service’s Rancho Bernardo and Los Angeles-Oxnard offices said boaters should not venture beyond local harbors between Sunday afternoon and Monday night to avoid a lashing by gale force winds.
The worst conditions will generally occur between 30 and 60 miles offshore. However, forecasters noted it is not unusual for boaters to travel that far out to sea to visit San Clemente and Santa Catalina islands. And it is possible that waves as high as 20-feet could appear within 20 miles of the San Diego County coastline.
A gale force warning will be in effect for the outer waters from 2 p.m. Sunday to 2 p.m. on Monday.
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