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Glassy and gentle conditions perfect for swimming

Glassy and gentle conditions
Looking ahead to the weekend beach goers can expect glassy and gentle conditions.

According to Craig Holden local beaches have provided glassy and gentle conditions that have been perfect for swimming.

Weather: Well, it has been another great week of weather about the local area, with quite a cool change moving in yesterday after Wednesday afternoon’s brief showers and storms – but after another cool start this morning, the temperatures should become milder across the weekend.

Sunny skies will also be the norm for both today and tomorrow, before just a little bit of cloud clover starts to return by Sunday and Monday – and in further good news for beachgoers, the winds will only be light across the weekend as well!

This morning will bring more cool W/SW winds at around 10 knots, before they swing from the W/NW to N/NW at 10 to 15 knots by this afternoon.

Tomorrow will then deliver 5 to 10 knots of W/NW winds in the morning that will then turn from the N/NE at around 10 knots through the afternoon.

Sunday then should see a slight change in wind direction, with E/SE winds forecast at around 10 knots.

Swimming: Swimming conditions have been absolutely perfect through this past week and in particular, the mornings have provided plenty of glassy and gentle conditions to enjoy for those that like to get up early and beat the crowds!

These great swimming conditions will continue across the coming days as well, with the early mornings yet again set to provide more glassy conditions for the swimmers to enjoy around that early morning high tide time.

The afternoons will see slightly choppy conditions develop as those afternoon sea-breezes set-in, but all-in-all, the conditions will be quite okay for swimmers no matter what time of day you would like to visit the beach.

As mentioned before though, the early mornings will be the absolute pick of the times for a swim and it also will not matter which beach you visit, however by this afternoon and again tomorrow afternoon, beaches such as Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads will be slightly better options at this time of the day.

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 Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only

Surfing: Local surfers found plenty of fun-sized waves about the local beaches last Sunday and Monday, with some left-over, clean but small waves still hanging around until early Wednesday morning.

But ever since then, the ocean has been mostly flat and glassy, with only very, very tiny waves rolling through. Unfortunately, this will continue today and pretty much right across the weekend too, with flat conditions in the mornings and then choppy conditions through the afternoons, with not too much happening in terms of wave heights.

Sunday might just bring a very slight increase, but it looks doubtful they will still be good enough to get people out for a wave or two.

For the SUP and ocean ski/kayak paddlers, this morning and tomorrow morning should provide calm and gentle ocean conditions for those that wish to enjoy a relaxing ocean paddle.

The afternoons will bring slightly choppier conditions, but it is doubtful there will be enough there in the ocean for a decent downwind paddle for those that wish to do so (although this afternoon could surprise.

Events: The Bundaberg Surf Life Saving will celebrate the season 2020/21 when they hold their annual dinner and presentation night tonight at their clubhouse.

Important note: Remember there are updated COVID-19 restrictions, if you are at the beach, please maintain the social/physical distancing minimum guidelines and abide by the current group gathering guidelines as well.

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