Rip Currents a Danger to South Florida Beachgoers on Memorial Day

Wind speeds will reach 20 at least 20 miles per hour.

By Gilma Avalos and Betty Yu
|  Monday, May 27, 2013  |  Updated 12:20 PM EDT
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Wind speeds of 20 plus miles per hour will create a risk of rip currents for South Florida beachgoers on Memorial Day. NBC 6's Betty Yu reports.

Wind speeds of 20 plus miles per hour will create a risk of rip currents for South Florida beachgoers on Memorial Day. NBC 6's Betty Yu reports.

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Weather Forecast -- May 27 -- 7:30am

Dangerous rip currents continue today, with the possibility of showers.
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Breezy conditions will bring some relief from the heat this Memorial Day, but they could pose a threat to those heading to the beach.

Wind speeds of 20 plus miles per hour will create a risk of rip currents for South Florida beachgoers Monday.

Swimmers are advised to go into the water only at guarded beaches and not go too far out into the water. If red flags are up at the life guard station, swimmers should stay out of the water completely.

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an average of 100 people lose their lives every year across the nation due to rip currents. Life guards say they account for the majority of water rescues.

They can pose a greater risk for unsuspecting vacationers who may be unaware of the dangerous conditions.

The high risk of rip currents is expected to stick around until Friday.

If you find yourself caught in a rip current, do not fight it and swim parallel to the shore.

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