BELMAR, NJ — With waves likely to reach as high as 4 feet today, there is a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents and rough surf conditions along the entire Jersey Shore, according to the National Weather Service.

And as Hurricane Chris spins about 200 miles offshore along the North Carolina coast heading north, those rip currents could intensify — the major reason why it’s important to be mindful of the warning flags that are posted along the Belmar beachfront, where the beach patrol will be keeping a careful eye on conditions.

While a yellow flag alerts swimmers to be cautious when entering the water, a red flag prohibits entering the water due to dangerous conditions.

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Otherwise, the weather service is predicting a pleasant beach day, with temperatures in the mid-80s. Low tide will be at 12:14 p.m. and high tide at 6:37. The ocean water temperature is 71 degrees.

To raise water safety awareness on its beaches, Belmar has placed rip current warning signs and flotation buoys at 19 locations along its 1.3-mile oceanfront and at the L Street Beach on the Shark River, located near Maclearie Park on Route 35.

The signs are written in both English and Spanish and include a large diagram on how to get out of a rip current.

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