Miami-Dade County

After rip-current risk, a calm and warm workweek ahead

As some college students are wrapping up their Spring Break in South Florida, so is the threat of rip currents along east coast beaches.

A slight risk of rip currents Sunday will give way to a calmer week.

David Ross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade, said Sunday’s lighter winds reduce the risk of rip currents seen Friday and Saturday.

“It’s been a busy week for rip currents,” Ross said Sunday.

On Friday, a middle-aged man was pulled from the ocean off Miami Beach after possibly being swept by a rip current. He later died at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Miami Beach Ocean Rescue reported more than a dozen rescues due to rip currents Friday.

Two teenagers were swept to sea by rip currents on Saturday, one in North Palm Beach and the other in Vero Beach. A 15-year-old is still missing and rescuers on Sunday were searching the waters off of John D. MacArthur Beach Park.

Rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water. The National Weather Service advises beachgoers to swim at beaches where lifeguards are on duty.

“It’s hard to see rip currents at eye-level, but lifeguards can see them from up in their stands,” Ross said.

In addition to seeing calmer winds, South Florida has a warm and mostly dry workweek ahead.

A 20 percent chance of showers Sunday afternoon will increase to 30 percent before 8 a.m. Monday.

High temperatures will be in the low 80s all week. Lows at night will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

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