New Yorkers will no doubt be flocking to the city's beaches today following the gloomy weather on the Fourth.
Clear skies are clearly an improvement—however, beach goers should be aware of rip currents that can quickly pull you away from shore.
The National weather service says the rip current risk is high into this afternoon.
Swimmers should stay in areas with lifeguards, and look for flags and signs indicating rip currents.
If you do get caught in one, you should swim parallel to the shore until you get out of the current's force, then swim back to the beach.
You should also be aware of how close you are swimming to piers and jetties.