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Rip current warning issued for P.E.I. National Park

Wednesday, August 5th 2020, 11:10 am - Swimmers urged not to go into the water due to dangerous conditions

Parks Canada says surf conditions off P.E.I. National Park are dangerous Wednesday and people should not go into the ocean because of the danger of rip currents.

As of 10 a.m., the air temperature was 29 degrees Celsius and the water temperature was 20 degrees.

Rip Currents explained

The park says conditions are such that swimmers could be pulled out into the sea by rip currents, formed "when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between the breaking waves and the beach."

If a swimmer is being swept out to sea, they should try to attract the attention of someone on shore and tread water or swim parallel to shore in the hope of escaping the current.

Rip currents definition

Prince Edward Island has been under a heat warning this week, with relief not expected until Thursday.

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This article was originally published for CBC News.

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