HALIFAX - Weather forecasters say hurricane Katia is expected to remain well off the coast of Atlantic Canada, but they're warning Nova Scotia beachgoers to be careful.

Katia is moving northward as a Category 1 storm between the U.S. and Bermuda, and it's expected to take a turn to the northeast on Friday.

Environment Canada says sea swells of two to three metres are expected along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia today and Friday.

The swells could result in wave breaking heights of three to four metres at some beaches.

Environment Canada says the wave action could lead to dangerous surf and riptide conditions, and curious onlookers should stay well away.

Meanwhile, gale-force winds are expected in some places in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland offshore areas on Friday and Saturday.