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NYC beaches closed this weekend due to rip currents, high surf from Hurricane Dorian

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The final weekend of NYC’s beach season will be curtailed thanks to the storm

A lifeguard sits in an elevated chair with an orange umbrella on a crowded beach.
A lifeguard on Rockaway Beach.
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

While Hurricane Dorian isn’t expected to hit New York City with any real force, the impact of the storm will be felt in the five boroughs in one crucial way: The NYC Parks Department announced that it will close all of the city’s public beaches to swimmers and surfers on Friday, September 6, and Saturday, September 7.

That effectively curtails the last beach weekend—and thus, the last true summer weekend—of the year, since this Sunday, September 8, is the last day that New Yorkers can take to the ocean.

According to the National Weather Service, a high rip current risk is in effect for the city’s Brooklyn and Queens beaches—including Coney Island and the Rockaways—until Saturday evening, and “minor to locally moderate” coastal flooding could happen within the same time period. A high surf advisory, which “is issued when breaking wave action poses a threat to life and property within the surf zone” (according to the NWS) is also in effect until Saturday evening.

According to NY1, lifeguards will still be on duty throughout the weekend in order to enforce the ban on swimming. And if you simply must get in the water this weekend, try a pool or a splash pad (although the temperatures—in the mid- to high-70s—aren’t going to necessarily warrant a cool down).