Well, how was that late season cold snap this week? Just reminding us that the cooler weather had not quite left us yet!
But despite the chilly mornings and evenings, we did see some beautiful days with plenty of people hitting the beaches.
Looking ahead to the coming days and the temperatures are going to warm back up once again, with plenty of blue skies, warm days and dry conditions through today and tomorrow, before Sunday brings the chance of a few showers and a strong SE wind change by mid-afternoon.
This morning will bring us very light and variable winds through the early morning at only around 5 knots, before the winds swing more from the N/NE at around 10 knots by midday and then up to 15 knots through this afternoon.
Tomorrow will then be quite similar with very light W/NW winds in the early morning that will then increase to 10 to 15 knots from the N/NW during the day.
Sunday will then bring light W/SW winds early before they swing from the E/SE and increase to 10 to 15 knots through the morning and then to 20+ knots by mid to late afternoon.
Swimming: After a slightly choppy start to the week in the ocean, that gusty offshore wind change on Tuesday certainly flattened the ocean and has provided ideal swimming conditions for the most part ever since.
But looking ahead to the coming days and we can expect plenty of mixed swimming conditions, with the general trend anticipated to be mostly clam and gentle swimming conditions through the early mornings and then choppy and slightly messy ocean conditions through the afternoons, but it will also depend on which beach you are visiting.
All beaches will have mostly good swimming conditions through the early mornings over the coming days, but for this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon, the better beaches will certainly be Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads.
Sunday will be different though, and once those SE winds start to increase through the late morning, the better beaches will be Agnes Water, Hervey Bay, Moore Park Beach and Nielson Park Beach.
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: Weekdays (school holidays) – 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.
Saturday and Sunday – 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: It has been a very lean week for board-riders on our local beaches with pretty much nothing happening in terms of waves – or at least ridable waves anyway!
And to keep with this disappointing news, the coming days are not looking too much better either unfortunately, with today and tomorrow, as well as Sunday morning, looking like being very lean in terms of wave quality.
But fingers crossed that the strong SE wind change coming on Sunday will start to whip-up some waves by Monday – albeit they will probably be messy and sloppy.
Check out the usual locations through the early mornings 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 the ocean through the early mornings for a relaxing paddle, with plenty of whale sightings lately too, so keep your eyes peeled.
For those looking for some downwind action, there might just be enough wind late this afternoon and again tomorrow afternoon for a north to south run, but more than likely, the best option will be a south to north run on Sunday afternoon.
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: School holidays to start with plenty of sunshine