Hurricane Cristobal is causing dangerous conditions today on some Massachusetts beaches, stirring up strong surf and treacherous rip currents.
But on land the weather will be nice, with sunny skies and cooler temperatures starting today and lasting through Saturday. Clouds and then rain may move in, dampening the mood Sunday afternoon into Monday, forecasters said.
The surf and rip currents today, which are affecting the region’s south-facing beaches, have even forced some to close, the National Weather Service said.
As of 11 a.m., Cristobal was 450 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. As the hurricane passes east of Nantucket, it’s churning up the Atlantic Ocean.
Nauset Beach in Eastham, where the surf is 3 to 5 feet high, is closed to swimmers due to the dangerous conditions, said weather service meteorologist Kim Buttrick. Horseneck Beach in Westport is also experiencing strong rip currents and seas of 4 feet, and swimmers there are only permitted to go up to their knees in the water, Buttrick said.
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