Choppy conditions as onshore winds set in
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WEATHER: Well, this week kicked off with a gentle reminder that Winter is not quite gone just yet with those chilly mornings and evenings returning to make sure we didn’t pack those blankets away just yet, but along with that we saw some spectacular beach days on both Monday and Tuesday.
Looking ahead to this weekend, unfortunately it does appear that some stronger onshore winds are heading our way and especially so on Saturday, so this may impact on deciding which day to hit the beach and which beach to visit if you do, but we are also expecting mostly sunny days.
Today will bring stronger winds through the day, with 10 to 15 knots of S/SE winds in the morning that will quickly increase to 15 to 20 knots (and possibly stronger) from the E/SE. Sunday should then bring some respite as the winds are forecast to ease back to 10 to 15 knots from the E/SE.
SWIMMING: Looking ahead into the weekend, it does appear that we will be greeted with mixed swimming conditions for beachgoers, with some beaches definitely looking to provide better swimming conditions than others.
Open and exposed beaches will have a strong side current running from right to left, so swimmers will need to be wary of this.
By Sunday, conditions will start to ease again, but swimmers will still need to be cautious as the wave heights will be enough to possibly lead to rips on those open beaches.
Hervey Bay will certainly be the best beach for swimmers over the coming days, but Agnes Water (adjacent to the headland) will also be quite protected.
Locally, Moore Park Beach, Nielson Park and Mon Repos will also provide slightly better conditions across the weekend.
If you are going for a swim, the early mornings will be the best time to do that, but also please check with the Lifeguard on duty, read any safety signage or messages, AND most importantly please swim only at patrolled beaches, only between the red and yellow flags, and only during patrol times – remember, if we can’t see you, we can’t save you!
BEACH PATROLS: WEEKDAYS – None
SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 9.00am to 5.00pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water ONLY
SURFING: It has once again been pretty flat across all beaches this week and particularly up until Wednesday.
So, looking ahead to the weekend, it does look likely that we will see an increase in wave heights through this afternoon and into Sunday, but they could well be a little messy and choppy due to the onshore winds.
With this in mind, beaches such as Agnes Water, Nielson Park, Moore Park Beach and Mon Repos will all be worth checking out through this afternoon and again on Sunday for some fun-sized waves.
Craig Holden, Regional Operations Manager Surf Life Saving Queensland