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Forecasters warn of heavy surf, rip currents in region

Surfers took in the waves near Point Judith Light in Rhode Island.

Connor Dever

Surfers took in the waves near Point Judith Light in Rhode Island.

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.

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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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The rip currents come at a bad time for Bay State residents trying to fit in a last-minute summer getaway, but along the sand and at the miniature golf course and ice cream stand, conditions will be pleasant.

High temperatures in the low 80s are expected today. Friday will be similar, but a sea breeze will cap temperatures along the coast in the low 70s, Buttrick said. Humidity will drop today and Friday as well.

Saturday is “the pick of the weekend,” Buttrick said, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.

By Sunday afternoon, there is a slight chance of showers that will increase overnight. Most of the day will be partly sunny, the weather service said. Humidity will be climbing “ever so slightly” throughout the weekend, Buttrick said, and Sunday’s temperatures will increase from Saturday to the mid-80s.

On Labor Day, there is a 50 percent chance of rain throughout the day, and skies will be mostly cloudy with high temperatures in the low 80s.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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