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Surfers took to the Southern California water on Thursday, Nov. 5, as a southern hemisphere swell showed up, typical for summer but rarer this time of year.

Out on their boards, they enjoyed a beefy, 3- to 5-foot waves at stand-out spots along the coastline.

  • Surfers wait for waves at T-Street Beach south of the pier in San Clemente, CA, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Beach-goers at T-Street Beach south of the pier in San Clemente, CA, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A surfer takes to the waves at T-Street Beach south of the pier in San Clemente, CA, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A surfer takes to the waves at T-Street Beach south of the pier in San Clemente, CA, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A surfer takes to the waves at T-Street Beach south of the pier in San Clemente, CA, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A surfer takes to the waves at T-Street Beach south of the pier in San Clemente, CA, on Thursday, November 5, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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A cool cloud cover kept the anticipated heat from scorching the coast, but inland the warm weather kept temperatures toasty in the 90s. Glassy conditions lingered all day, with no wind – conditions that will drastically change by Friday.

A strong run of swells is expected to keep waves big through the weekend, reaching 4- to 6-feet and larger by Saturday, but strong winds, chilly weather into the 60s and potential rain will make for unsavory conditions.

Waves will drop just slightly to 3- to 5-feet by Sunday and ease even more by early next week, according to surf forecasting website Surfline.com.

With a high tide around noontime Friday and Saturday, people should use extra caution on rock jetties and in tidepool areas where they may get knocked off of rocks and could be sucked into the ocean. Rip currents will be strong, so beachgoers should check in with a lifeguard about dangers in the area.

The storm does have a silver lining, at least for mountain areas, with a strong chance the first snowfall of the season could bring anywhere from 5 to 10 inches, which could mean local resorts open by next week.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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