Looking ahead to the coming days though and it does appear that we are in for a mostly good weekend of weather with plenty of sunshine and blue skies and more mild to warm days (but still some cool early mornings) with very light winds through the mornings that will then increase with an afternoon sea breeze through the afternoons.
Today’s winds will be variable with light E/SE to S winds this morning at around 5 knots before they swing more from the E/SE then from the E/NE to N/NE by this afternoon and increase to 10 to 15 knots.
Tomorrow morning will then deliver S winds at only about 5 knots or less before they also swing from the E/NE by late morning and then from the N/NE through the afternoon at 10 to 15 knots.
Sunday is then set to provide N/NE winds all day at around 10 t0 15 knots although they should be slightly lighter early.
The swimming conditions have been much like the weather this past week – mixed – with calmer conditions aplenty through the early mornings before the onshore winds turned the ocean quite choppy and messy through the afternoons.
Looking ahead to the weekend and it looks quite similar for both today and tomorrow – with great swimming conditions in the early mornings while the winds are light, but then choppy conditions through the afternoons when the afternoon sea breezes develop.
Sunday though, looks likely to be quite choppy for most of the day – unless you head to beaches that offer protection from the northerly winds.
Therefore, I would foresee that Elliott Heads and Kelly’s Beach are going to be the best beaches for swimmers this afternoon, tomorrow afternoon and then again, all day on Sunday, with all beaches being quite good this morning and tomorrow morning.
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 & SUNDAY – 9am to 5pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only
This pas week has thrown up some waves for local board-riders, although it did take a few days before it arrived, with wave heights starting to improve through Wednesday and Thursday.
The weekend’s forecast for predominantly northerly winds does not look good for local board-riders, however, there is a glimmer of hope through the early mornings with super-light winds forecast and a little bit of E/NE swell that should provide at least a few clean and fun-sized waves today and tomorrow.
For the SUP and Ocean Ski/Kayak paddlers, there should be some small windows of opportunity for a calm and relaxing ocean paddle both early this morning and again tomorrow morning, but after that the winds will turn more northerly and get moderate through the afternoons and continue like this all day on Sunday.
With this in mind, there will be plenty of downwind paddling opportunity through this afternoon and again tomorrow afternoon and also all day on Sunday – and heading from north to south of course!
It is just 1 more week until the official start of the new Surf Life Saving Season 2021-22, with volunteer Beach Patrols recommencing on local beaches from Saturday 18 September!