Bundaberg Now is pleased to introduce the weekly beach report by Craig Holden, regional operations manager with Surf Life Saving Queensland.
Pleasant weather conditions across the Bundaberg Region this weekend will be a treat for those keen enough to take a dip in the ocean before a cool windy change early next week.
WEATHER: Well, it has been another mixed bag of weather conditions over the past week with some very chilly temperatures but sensational days early in the week that have been followed by some windy and overcast conditions for the last few days.
Looking ahead to today and across the weekend and we can expect some really pleasant weather conditions over the weekend, although it does appear that the likelihood of showers will increase by Sunday, so keep an eye on the sky.
However, today should be the last of the windy conditions, as we are set for light winds right across the weekend.
This morning will bring more E/SE at 15 to 20 knots before they start to ease by this afternoon and back to around 10 to 15 knots.
Tomorrow will then bring S/SE to E/SE winds at about 10 knots or less, whilst Sunday will be similar with S/SE to E/NE winds at only 5 to 10 knots.
Temperatures will remain quite mild as well, which is great news for beachgoers, but do not get too comfortable, as another cold snap is forecast to arrive by Tuesday next week.
SWIMMING: Swimming conditions have been a little choppy and messy across the past few days and especially so on those more open and exposed beaches.
But the good news for swimmers is that the swimming conditions will improve quickly by this afternoon and across the weekend as the winds ease and the ocean calms down significantly.
With this in mind, today you would be best served heading to beaches that offer some protection from the winds – Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Nielson Park and Moore Park will be the picks.
However, across the weekend, all beaches will have relatively good swimming conditions, with the best times being either early morning or again from late morning through until early to mid-afternoon.
If you are going for a swim, 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: Today and weekdays: Nil
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 5pm at Kellys Beach and Agnes Water only.
SURFING: After a quiet and flat start to the week, the surf conditions have gradually started to improve from Wednesday onwards, with plenty of fun waves about yesterday and more expected again today – and hopefully they might just hang around long enough for tomorrow morning as well before they start to ease quickly after that.
Today is certainly looking like being a pretty good day with plenty of fun-sized waves expected around the 2-3 foot size range, with beaches such as Agnes Water, Nielson Park, Mon Repos and Moore park possibly being the better options, but don’t rule out Kellys Beach and even Elliott Heads by tomorrow morning. Enjoy!
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