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Thunderstorms Possible In San Diego County Mountains, Deserts

Elevated surf and strong rip currents continued to affect the San Diego-area coastline Monday while afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible elsewhere in the county.

A National Weather Service beach hazards statement is set to expire Monday night. Waves and surf of 3 to 5 feet is expected, along with potentially dangerous rip and longshore currents, and minor flooding in some low-lying coastal areas around high tide Monday night.

"Strong rip and longshore currents will create hazardous swimming conditions. Rip currents may pull swimmers out to sea," the weather service said.

Beachgoers were urged to use caution, obey posted warning signs and swim near a lifeguard.

Swells and tides are expected to lower Tuesday through the rest of the week, the weather service said.

The monsoonal moisture that has been heightening the chances for thunderstorms in the mountains and deserts is also expected to ease up mid-week.

"Monsoonal moisture will continue the chance for afternoon and early evening thunderstorms in the mountains and deserts through Wednesday, with drier southwest flow aloft reducing the potential during the latter half of the week," the weather service said.

However, the storms may cause heavy rain, lightning, gusty winds and small hail each afternoon and early evening through Wednesday.

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