LifestyleSensational winter beach weather on the way

Sensational winter beach weather on the way

Craig Holden says looking ahead to the coming days and the forecast is looking like absolutely sensational weather for beach goers.
Craig Holden says looking ahead to the coming days and the forecast is looking absolutely sensational for beach goers. Photo: Surf Lifesaver Lateisha Stam on duty at Kellys Beach

Well, it has been another week of generally good weather conditions, with these mild temperatures staying with us once again along with mostly sunny skies.

Looking ahead to the coming days and the forecast is looking absolutely sensational for beach goers, with more mild temperatures (including unusually warm days for winter), sunny skies, and only light winds – a great combination for a trip to the beach!

Today’s winds will be from the E/SE this morning at around 10 knots, before they swing more from the E/NE by mid to late afternoon but stay at only around 10 knots.

Both Saturday and Sunday will then bring slightly lighter winds, with the forecast being almost identical for both days – E/SE to E/Ne winds at only 5 to 10 knots – although Sunday morning, in particular, is likely to bring super-light winds early.

Swimming: The swimming conditions have been quite good once again this week and looking at the forecast of only light winds over the coming days, we can also expect a sensational weekend of both beach weather and swimming conditions to be headed our way!

Once again, the early mornings should provide the absolute best swimming conditions due to the early morning high tides and lighter winds at the time of the day, but generally, swimming conditions should remain pretty good right throughout the day thanks to the light winds.

Whilst almost all beaches will provide good swimming conditions this weekend, beaches such as Agnes Water, Moore Park Beach, Nielson Park Beach and Hervey Bay should be better in the mornings, whilst Kelly’s beach and Elliott Heads should be 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: Well after a great run of waves from the middle of the week last week and up until Monday this week, we did see a drop in wave heights through Tuesday and Wednesday this week, but do not despair, because the wave heights have started to increase again from yesterday!

Looking ahead and it does appear likely that there should be more fun waves again today, with a small increase from yesterday anticipated, before we then see a small decrease across the weekend, but having said this, there should still be plenty of small, clean, fun waves about.

Check out the early morning and late afternoons at locations such as Nielson Park, Mon Repos, Moore Park Beach and even Kelly’s Beach, whilst Agnes Water will also be worth a drive once that early morning high tide starts to ebb.

For the SUP and ocean ski/kayak paddlers, the ocean will provide plenty of reasonable conditions for paddlers through today and into the weekend, with options for a surf, and with the winds forecast to be only light for the most part, also a casual float, depending on your preference.

The only thing that will probably be off the agenda, will be a fast downwind paddle due to the light winds.

Events:  The Moore Park Beach Arts Festival is being held tomorrow (Saturday) at Moore Park Beach.

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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