Beach weather continues but water conditions expected to be unpredictable – Boston 25 News

GLOUSTER, Mass. – Beach time continues even after Labor Day. But safety officials are warning people to be careful on the beaches this weekend as a major storm moves into New England. Offshore storms can bring strong waves and rip currents.

Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester was already busy on Friday. Parents were very cautious due to the potential for rip currents with the storm moving in this weekend. A mother told us that she had rules for her children. “They have to tell us every time they get in the water and they can’t get out over their waste,” one mother said.

Even after Labor Day, the beach time continues. Boston 25 weather forecasters are warning people to be careful in the water as a major storm passes and creates rip currents at local beaches.

Gloucester Harbormaster TJ Ciarametaro explains why rip currents can be so dangerous. “They are tough. You could be out there and everything is fine and the next thing you know a big swell is coming from offshore under the water and now you’re in a rip current or under tow,” Ciarametaro said.

The big concern about the timing of this storm is that most beaches don’t have lifeguards on duty after Labor Day. “If you’re swimming at an unsupervised beach, you want to make sure someone’s down,” Ciarametaro said. The harbor master says Good Harbor Beach is one of the few beaches that still has guards on patrol. They will work until Sunday.

The mother we spoke to also plans to be on patrol. “It’s awful so I have my little ones there and stay on the edge and the lifeguards came by twice to warn them not to come out,” the mum said.

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for some areas, including Cape Ann.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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