Beach weather continues but water conditions expected to be unpredictable

GLOUSTER, Mass. — The beach weather continues even after Labor Day. But safety officials are warning people to be careful at beaches this weekend as a major storm moves by New England. Offshore storms can cause high surf and rip currents.

Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester was already busy on Friday. Parents were being extra careful because of the potential for rip currents with the storm moving by this weekend. One mother told us she has rules for her children.  “They have to tell us every time they are getting in the water and they can’t go out above their waste,” a mother said.

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

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

The big concern with the timing of this storm is most beaches don’t have lifeguards on duty after Labor day. “If you are swimming in an un-lifeguarded beach you want to make sure somebody is on shore,” said Ciarametaro. The harbormaster says Good Harbor Beach is one of the few beaches that still has guards on patrol. They will be working through Sunday.

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

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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