Beachgoers beware: ‘King tides’ flood warning extended through Christmas Eve

“Extreme” tides are expected to flood the San Francisco coastline Monday, according to weather officials, just in time for Chrismas Eve.

These “king tides,” as they’re called, are expected late Monday morning through Monday evening.

Though flooding is expected to be “minor,” the National Weather Service issued a new advisory Monday warning of wet roadways, sidewalks, and parking lots along Bay Area coasts.

The Embarcadero in particular tends to flood during king tides, the weather service warned. Video posted to social media during Saturday showed waves splashing up along walkways near Pier 3.

The weather service already warned of king tides throughout the Bay Area for the weekend.
The advisory is in effect for the San Francisco Bay Shoreline, the San Francisco Peninsula Coast and the North Bay Interior Valleys, as well as for other areas further south.

If you think you may experience king tides first hand, the California Coastal Commission wants to enlist you: Its “California King Tides Project” is asking people to submit photos of king tides to help document the effects of climate change on the planet’s rising seas.

For more information on how to participate in the project, visit https://www.coastal.ca.gov/kingtides/.

As the high waters are expected to splash San Francisco through Monday evening, city dwellers planning a Christmas Eve swim may want to consider an alternate activity, like caroling.

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