Well, it has been a relatively good week of weather across the local region this past week, although it has been quite warm and very steamy.
Looking ahead to the weekend, it appears that we are in for more warm and steamy weather – especially today and tomorrow – before we see stronger but cooler SE winds return during Sunday.
There is also the chance of showers through all three days too, so maybe also keep an eye on the sky before planning your beach trip!
Today’s winds will be from the N/NW this morning at around 10 knots before that turn more northerly this afternoon and increase to 10 to 15 knots.
Tomorrow’s winds will be quite variable, with SW to E/SE winds early at around 10 knots, that will then turn more E/NE during the afternoon and again increase to 10 to 15 knots.
Sunday will then bring stronger S/SE to E/SE winds at 10 to 15 knots through the morning but then increasing to 15 to 20 knots 9and possibly even stronger) through the afternoon.
Swimming: The swimming conditions have been quite good during this past week, although the water is still quite dirty and murky across most beaches.
Looking ahead to the weekend, we will certainly see the swimming conditions remain quite good for the most part (apart from the murky water), but they will certainly start to deteriorate quickly through Sunday unless you can find a protected location out of the wind.
The best time for a swim will either be very early in the morning while the winds are light, or again from early to mid-afternoon when the tide is higher.
Through today and again tomorrow afternoon, the better beaches for swimmers will certainly be Elliott Heads and Kelly’s Beach, but through tomorrow morning all beaches should be quite calm and good for swimmers.
However, by Sunday when the winds increase from the SE, beaches such as Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Moore Park Beach and Nielson Park Beach will be the picks.
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 – 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.
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; also Early Morning RWC Surveillance Patrols commence from 6am around the Bargara and Mon Repos areas.
Surfing: There has not been a lot happening with regards to quality surf conditions across our local beaches this week, but earlier in the week there were still a few small but fun waves to be found.
As we look ahead to the coming days, the forecast is not looking favourable initially for quality waves, but we should start to see an increase through the day on Sunday as those SE winds start to increase.
Perhaps consider early tomorrow morning for a small, clean wave on the mals at your favourite beach break or wait until Sunday afternoon in the hope of an increase in wave heights at locations such as Agnes Water, Nielson Park or Mon Repos. Good Luck!
For the SUP and ocean-ski paddlers, you can expect to get calm conditions early tomorrow morning that should provide gentle ocean conditions for you to enjoy a relaxing float, however for those looking for some downwind, you best window looks like being provided from about Sunday lunchtime onwards when those SE winds intensify and provide a slick south to north run.
Events: Good luck to our local surf lifesavers that will be competing today at either the WBC Branch Premiership Series (Round 2) at Agnes Water, or at the Summer of Surf Hayden Kenny Classic at Alexandra Headland.
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: Fingers crossed for sunny days ahead of holidays