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Beach report: sunny skies but cooler temperatures

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In this week's beach report, Craig Holden says looking ahead and we can expect to see mostly sunny skies, but cooler temperatures across the region.

Well, it has been a reasonably nice week of weather so far, with some windy conditions earlier in the week that have given way to sunny days and lighter winds more recently.

The early mornings, in particular, have been very nice for those early risers to enjoy!

Looking ahead and we can expect to see more mostly sunny skies, but cooler temperatures – especially in the early mornings and evenings – abut we are also due for another increase in wind strength tomorrow as well.

Today’s winds will be from the S/SW this morning at around 10 to 15 knots before they swing more from the S/SE through this afternoon.

Tomorrow will then bring an increase in wind strength with S/SE winds forecast at 15 to 20 knots, before we see a slight decrease on Sunday with S/SE to E/SE winds at 10 to 15 knots.

Swimming: Whilst we had some choppy ocean conditions for swimmers earlier in the week, we have seen much better and much calmer ocean conditions for swimmers to enjoy for the past two days as the winds have eased.

Looking to today and across the weekend, we can expect more good swimming conditions through the early mornings while the winds are slightly offshore and lighter, before choppy and slightly messy conditions develop by late morning and through the afternoons (and more so tomorrow).

The pick of the beaches for swimmers will certainly be Hervey Bay, Agnes Water (adjacent to the headland), Nielson Park and Moore Park Beach, but in the very early mornings all beaches should be quite okay.

Swimmers should swim with caution this weekend still but, with a side sweep likely (right to left) on the open beaches through the afternoons, and quite a bit of water movement likely on all beaches due to the tidal variance and swell.

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 have been able to find plenty of fun waves about our local beaches this week and particularly so on Tuesday and Wednesday when we were lucky enough to see some long period ground swell arrive.

We did see a slight decrease in wave heights yesterday, although they were still clean and fun, but fingers crossed we are due for another increase in swell from today and into the weekend!

The early mornings will certainly be worth a look, with tomorrow probably being the better day to find some fun-sized waves, but having said that, keep an eye on conditions through today, and also on Sunday morning.

Beaches such as Agnes Water, Nielson Park, Mon Repos and Moore Park will possibly be the better options. Good luck!

For the SUP and ocean ski/kayak paddlers, there could well be some fun conditions tomorrow for a slick downwind paddle (south to north), but also for those keen to have a SUP surf, there should very well be some fun wave action as well today and tomorrow.

Events: Nil.

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.