The National Weather Service is warning Bay Area residents and visitors of an increased risk of rip currents and sneaker waves at beaches in the region because of a southerly swell hitting the coast until Wednesday.

Weather service officials said there is moderate confidence in the surf forecast that will primarily affect south-facing shorelines, with smaller impacts at southwest and west-facing beaches. The increased swell is expected to dissipate late Wednesday morning and will continue to decrease later in the week, according to the weather service.

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