The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Saturday, July 5, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. due to the passage of remnants ofTropical Storm Arthur through the Gulf of Maine. The highest surf, 5 to 8 feet, will be Saturday morning. Strong rip currents and large dangerous surf will make ocean beaches hazardous Saturday.

This storm will generate high surf along the ocean beaches of Maine and New Hampshire. In addition, the long period swell will result in increased rip current risk.

Beach visitors are urged to heed the advice of lifeguards and the beach patrol; and pay attention to flags and posted signs. Breaking waves can be much larger than their heights in deep water. Water from large breaking waves can quickly rush up the beach, sweep people off their feet and drag them into the water.

People viewing the ocean from jetties, rock walls and other areas near the surf zone are especially at risk. Falling into the turbulent and sometimes rocky waters can result in injury that reduces the chance of survival.

The Warnings/Advisories tab of VillageSoup’s Weather link carries current advisories for Midcoast Maine.