A cold front that will bring rain to San Diego County today is expected to cause only moderate surf along area beaches where unusually high tides are forecast for the next several days. As a result, National Weather Service meteorologists predict minor tidal flooding in low-lying areas.
A high tide of 7.2 feet will occur at 7:15 a.m. this morning, followed by a high tide of 7.5 feet at 8:01 a.m. Monday and another of 7.6 feet at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, weather service forecaster Ray Robben said Saturday.
The tides could pose a major threat to coastal property if accompanied by strong surf from a storm system. Such a combination caused major flooding along county beaches from winter storms in the late 1970s.
However, the cold front that will move through the county today is not forecast to bring major problems, Robben said.
The storm will bring winds gusting to 30 m.p.h. and colder air throughout the area today and Monday, with rain lingering through Sunday night. The chance of rain today is 60%, dropping to 20% by Monday morning. High temperatures today will only reach into the high 50s, with lows tonight dropping to the mid-40s to low 50s. Partly cloudy conditions are predicted for Monday and the extended forecast calls for clearing conditions and a warming trend later in the week.