Swimming conditions look likely to be mostly good over coming days, with just slightly choppy water in the afternoons.
Also, with tide heights on the decrease again now, there will be less water and tidal movement about the beaches and creeks as well, however there is still a bit of wave activity to contend with.
As per usual with these northerly winds the best beaches for swimmers this weekend will be Kellys Beach and Elliott Heads, with the best time to hit the beaches being from mid to late morning through to around the early afternoon due to high tides being around this time as well.
Please check with the lifeguard or lifesavers on duty, read any safety signage or messages.
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!
Good weather to hit the beach
After a mixed week of weather conditions, it does look like we're set for a pretty good weekend of beach weather headed our way, particularly as these warm and muggy conditions look like remaining with us for at least the next 3-4 days, if not longer.
Today will again bring with it the chance of showers, but the weekend is looking better with mostly sunny conditions forecast and in good news for swimmers, only light to moderate winds as well.
Today’s winds will be from the N/NE at 10 to 15 knots before tomorrow morning brings N/NE winds at only around 10 knots but they will then increase slightly to 10 to 15 knots by late afternoon.
Sunday will then be very similar with E/NE winds at around 10 knots that will also increase slightly to 10 to 15 knots through the afternoon.
BEACH PATROLS: 8am to 6pm weekdays at Kellys Beach, Nielson Park and Agnes Water; 9am to 5pm at Elliott Heads, Oaks Beach and Moore Park Beach plus a roving lifeguard operating in the Bundaberg Region.
SATURDAY and SUNDAY: 8am to 6pm at Elliott Heads, Kellys Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water, plus a roving lifeguard operating in the Bundaberg Region.
Early morning RWC surveillance patrols are also operating each morning around the Bargara and Mon Repos areas, with times being from 6am to 8am.
Choppy conditions for surfers
Local board riders certainly found plenty of fun waves from last Sunday through until Tuesday morning this week before those northerly winds started to ruin the fun after that.
There is still a little bit of small ground swell rolling in to most beaches, but the northerly winds and sloppy seas are causing it to be mostly choppy and messy by the time it gets into the wave zone.
Looking ahead, there should still be plenty of small waves about over the weekend – probably around the 1-2 foot size range but with the northerly winds continuing these waves will be quite choppy and sloppy.
Kellys Beach may well provide some better options this weekend, along with a drive south to Rainbow Beach or Double Island Point. Good luck!
For the SUP and ocean ski/kayak paddlers, the ocean conditions have certainly settled down and there will be windows of opportunity for those less experienced paddlers to get out into the ocean this weekend, probably through the mornings while the winds are lighter and more so at beaches such as Kellys Beach and Elliott Heads.
EVENTS: Good Luck to local surf lifesavers that will be competing tomorrow at the Kozii Iron Challenge round three, which is being held at Raby Bay.
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