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School holidays to start with plenty of sunshine

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Craig Holden says in a nutshell – we are in for some sensational beach weather to kick off the school holidays!! Photo: Oaks Beach Burnett Heads

Well, once again, we have seen a mixed bag of weather this past week with hot weather, gusty northerly winds and even thunderstorms on Monday that were replaced with much cooler minimum temperatures, blue skies, and lighter offshore winds from Tuesday onwards.

Looking ahead to the coming days and the weather is just going to better and better, with plenty of sunshine, and despite the early mornings still being a little cool, the daytime maximums are going to keep getting warmer and warmer!

In a nutshell – we are in for some sensational beach weather to kick off the school holidays!!

Today’s winds will be from the S/SE to E/SE this morning at around 10 knots before they increase to 10 to 15 knots from the E this afternoon.

Tomorrow will be similar with 10 knots of E/SE winds early that will increase to 10 to 15 knots and swing from the E/NE to N/NE by the afternoon.

Then by Sunday we will have light N/NE winds at around 5 to 10 knots only.

Swimming: After a choppy day on the water on Monday, we have seen a return of mostly calm and gentle ocean conditions since Tuesday thanks to the W/SW wind change.

Looking ahead to the weekend and for the most part, the ocean conditions should remain quite mild and favourable for swimmers thanks to the predominantly light to moderate winds.

The best times for a swim over the coming days will either be from early to mid-morning or again from mid to late afternoon, as this is when the tide will be a little higher, whilst the best beaches for a swim today and again tomorrow morning will be those such as Agnes Water, Moore Park Beach, Nielson Park and Hervey Bay.

But, by tomorrow afternoon and then again all day on Sunday, the better beaches for swimmers will certainly be Kelly’s Beach or Elliott Heads.

Please check with the lifesavers or 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 – Nil

Saturday, Sunday and each weekday from Monday – 9am to 5pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water, plus a Rove Lifeguard operating around the Bundaberg Region Beaches as well.

Surfing: This past week has thrown up very little in terms of ridable waves for surfers, with mostly calm and flat conditions prevailing for the most part unfortunately.

As we look ahead to the coming days, there is not much excitement in store for board-riders either, with the likelihood of only quite small waves for at least the next three days.

There is the slight possibility of a small increase ion wave heights through tomorrow and into Sunday, but nothing significant.

Check out the usual locations through the early mornings and again through the late afternoons though, as you never know!!

For the SUP and ocean ski/kayak paddlers, there should be plenty of opportunity across the coming days to hit either the ocean or the protected waterways for a relaxing paddle, particularly through the early mornings.

Events:  Today will see plenty of action on Nielson Park Beach, Bargara, with the running of the 2021 SLSQ Secondary School Surf League (Wide Bay) with around 200 secondary school students from across Wide Bay competing in this annual School Surf Lifesaving competition. Competition commences at 9am.

Tomorrow will also mark the official start of the 2021/22 Surf Life Saving Season when the red and yellow flags are back up on local beaches!

Volunteer beach patrols will re-commence tomorrow, along with the two-week School Holiday SLSQ paid Lifeguard Service as well, meaning that we will have 7-day/week patrolled beaches for the next two weeks.

This weekend will also see the annual Clearwater Classic held by the local 4670 SUP Club, with a tech race being held in the surf at Elliott Heads tomorrow afternoon, and the flatwater endurance race being held in the Elliott River (starting and finishing at Riverview) on Sunday morning.

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.