Those warm temperatures stayed with us up until Wednesday this week, giving us the impression that summer was fast approaching.
But as you would expect around Brisbane Ekka time, those colder westerly winds have returned with temperatures dropping along with their arrival on Wednesday night.
Looking ahead to the coming days and whilst the overnight and early morning temperatures will remain quite cool, we can expect beautiful sunny days with temperatures climbing quickly back into the low to mid 20’s.
Also, in further great news for beach goers, the winds will remain quite light for the next few days, providing some spectacular winter beach conditions!
This morning’s winds will be from the S/SW at around 10 knots and maybe just a little stronger, before they ease back to 5 to 10 knots from the S/SE to E/SE during the day.
Tomorrow will then be very similar with 5 to 10 knots of S/SW winds in the morning that will be replaced by S/SE to E/SE winds during the day, but still at only around 5 to 10 knots.
Sunday will then bring S/SW winds in the morning at around 10 knots before they get just a little bit stronger through the afternoon at 10 to 15 knots from the S/SE to E/SE.
Swimming: The swimming conditions have been quite good this week, with just slightly choppy conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday giving way to a calm and flat ocean yesterday once that offshore wind change arrived.
Looking ahead to the coming days, and we once again can expect mostly good swimming conditions right through until Sunday, with more calm and glassy ocean conditions in the early mornings, which will just give way to just a slight chop through the afternoons – although Sunday afternoon could provide a choppier ocean if those winds get a little stronger as forecast.
With high tide times over the coming days being around that 7am to 8.30am timeframe, and combined with the offshore winds through the mornings, swimmers will certainly find the absolute best swimming conditions from early morning through until around mid-morning (although it will also be a little chillier then too!).
However, having said all that, the ocean should remain quite okay for swimmers for the most part through today and again tomorrow.
All beaches will be good for that early morning swim, with perhaps Agnes Water, Moore Park Beach, Nielson Park Beach and Hervey Bay being slightly better through the afternoons.
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: Once again, it has been a very lean week in terms of waves for the board-riders, with just some small, northerly chop and waves about briefly before the offshore winds returned on Wednesday night and flattened the ocean out once more.
Looking ahead to the coming days and unfortunately, the forecast does not look promising for our local surfers either!
The ocean will remain quite calm and flat for the most part, with maybe, just maybe a tiny, clean wave for the mal riders if you are desperate. Good luck – I think we may need it yet again!
For the SUP and ocean ski/kayak paddlers, the ocean will provide plenty of clam and glassy conditions for paddlers from today and right through until about midday on Sunday – not much fun for a downwinder, but great for a relaxing, casual float!
Although, if the wind gets stronger than forecast on Sunday afternoon, there may be a small window then for a downwind paddle (south to north).
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.
- Last week's beach report: Plenty of sunshine on the way this weekend