Well, it has been another wet week across the local region this past week, with plenty of dirty water and debris along our beaches, but fingers crossed that it does look like a few sunny days ahead!
We should more sunshine and blue skies than overcast skies through today and tomorrow, before the chance of a few showers returns for Sunday, but we will also see the winds increase through the afternoons over the coming days.
Today’s winds will be from thew S/SE to E/SE at 10 to 15 knots this morning before they increase to 15 to 20 knots by late this afternoon.
Tomorrow will then bring more S/SE to E/SE winds at only around 10 knots through the morning before increasing to 10 to 15 knots, but Sunday will see stronger E/SE winds at 15 to 20 knots, which will then increase to 20+ knots by the late afternoon.
Swimming: The swimming conditions have been a little ordinary during this past week – mainly due to the amount of stormwater run-off and debris in the ocean – making it quite dirty and unpleasant.
Looking ahead to the coming days, whilst we can expect the ocean to gradually clean-up, it will still be quite murky with still plenty of debris and rubbish about – so please be cautious if swimming.
We also have big morning high tides over the coming days, which will mean there will be lots of tidal current about the beaches and creek mouths during the run-out stage of the tide.
Aside from that, choppy and messy conditions will also prevail through the afternoons, along with a side current running from right to left across most beaches as well.
Therefore, the best time for a swim will certainly be from early to mid-morning while the tide is high and the winds lighter.
The better beaches for swimmers 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: Today – 9am to 5pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only
Saturday and Sunday – 8am to 6pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water, plus a roving lifeguard across the Bundaberg Region
Weekdays (next week) – 9am to 5pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water, plus a roving lifeguard across the Bundaberg Region
Surfing: The surf quality and quantity has been pretty ordinary this past week, although at least there was a clean, but very small, wave yesterday morning.
Looking ahead to the weekend and it appears we may see a very small increase in wave heights as the E/SE winds increase over the coming days.
It will be quite choppy and messy through the afternoons, so maybe try your luck through the early mornings in the hope of something worth getting wet for on the local beaches, or maybe wait for that tide to drop later in the day and hit the point at Agnes Water. Good Luck!
For the SUP and ocean-ski paddlers, the afternoons my provide enough wind for a south to north downwinder today or tomorrow, but Sunday afternoon should be the best option for a fast downwinder.
If not, try the early mornings for a more relaxed paddle, or stick to the sheltered locations.
Events: Good luck to our local surf lifesavers that will be competing at either the Ocean 38 Carnival at Tallebudgera Beach tomorrow or at the Junior Surf Lifesaving Carnival at Hervey Bay on Sunday.
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: Humidity levels to return with muggy conditions