The Los Angeles County of Public Health has issued an advisory for all L.A. county beaches due to possible increases of bacteria and contaminants in ocean waters. The rise of bacteria levels in ocean water can cause major infections, especially among those with low immunity, children, and the elderly. The warning below was issued on December 28, 2022:
An Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory has been extended for all Los Angeles County beaches. The advisory will be in effect at least until 7:30 am, Friday, January 6, 2023 (72 hours after significant rainfall). Beach users should avoid water contact for at least 72 hours after significant rainfall. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall. —L.A. County Department of Public Health
The advisory is in response to Tuesday’s rainfall, and will likely be extended as rain showers are expected throughout this week.
The National Weather Service has also issued a High Surf Advisory in L.A. and Ventura counties due to “high surf and strong rip current(s).” West-facing beaches may see up to 5-to-8-foot waves. Surfers and beachgoers are highly advised to avoid ocean waters.
To look up the current water quality status of your go-to beach location, you can use this beach map tool here.