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Mild ocean conditions good for swimming

Mild ocean conditions
Craig Holden said ocean conditions have been quite mild and good for swimmers this week, with the last few days in particular being very calm and gentle.

It has been another reasonable week of weather just gone, with more blue skies and lighter winds returning through the middle part of the week.

Looking ahead to the coming days and we can expect the temperatures to get a little chilly once again across the weekend and especially so through the early mornings and again throughout the evenings.

We should see more sunshine and blue skies across the weekend.

This morning will bring an offshore wind change with W/SW winds blowing at around 10 to 15 knots and then swinging more from the S/SW during the day, but again remaining around 15 knots.

Tomorrow will be very similar with S/SW winds through the morning at around 15 knots that will then swing more from the S/SE to E/SE during the afternoon.

Sunday will then bring more onshore winds, with S to S/SE-E/SE winds at around 15 knots.

Swimming: The ocean conditions have been quite mild and good for swimmers this week, with the last few days in particular, being very calm and gentle.

This calm and gentle ocean conditions should remain through today and tomorrow at least, and particularly through the mornings when the winds are offshore, with only slightly choppy conditions expected to develop through Saturday afternoon and into Sunday as the onshore winds start to dominate.

There may also be a very slight side sweep or current pushing along the open beaches from right to left as well through the afternoons, so just be wary of this if swimming.

The best time for a swim will certainly be through the very early mornings (although it could be a little chilly) and then again from mid to late afternoon.

All beaches will have good swimming conditions through the mornings, but by the afternoons, maybe locations such as Agnes Water, Nielson Park and Moore Park Beach will be the better options. 

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: The surf conditions have been fairly ordinary for the most part this past week, with just a few very small, clean waves about for the diehards on mals who were able to time the tides right.

Unfortunately too, the coming days are not looking too much better either for those keen for a weekend wave!

Perhaps the early mornings could provide a small, clean wave for the mal-riders, or later in the weekend those late afternoons could provide a slightly bigger but choppier wave, but do not expect too much. Check out the usual locations and good luck!

For the SUP and ocean ski/kayak paddlers, if you are keen for a gentle ocean paddle, there should be plenty of calm ocean conditions to enjoy throughout today and again tomorrow morning.

For those looking for a downwind paddle, maybe by tomorrow afternoon or again through Sunday, there could be enough wind to entice a south to north journey.

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.

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