With Memorial Day around the corner and the end of school just a month away for Newport-Mesa students, Newport Beach lifeguards are preparing for the beginning of the summer beach season.
The weather should be perfect for a relaxing day at the beach this weekend and into the holiday Monday, said lifeguard Battalion Chief Jim Turner. Winds should lift the water temperature by Monday, when it's expected to be in the mid-70s, Turner said.
There will be about 50% staffing for the weekend, meaning one patrol unit for west Newport, the Balboa Peninsula and Corona del Mar State Beach, officials said. About half of the lifeguard towers will be open on each side of the beach, Turner said.