Well, it has been a very muggy and warm week so far, not to mention a stormy week as well, with some very mixed conditions on the beach because of this too!
But we are set for a change in the weather for the next few days, which may not necessarily be good news for swimmers, but at least it should be slightly cooler!
Showers are also again forecast for today, but there should be more sunshine and blue skies than cloudy conditions across the weekend.
Yesterday afternoon did see the wind direction change to the E/SE and get quite moderate as well, and looking ahead to the coming days, these moderate to strong onshore winds will continue.
Today’s forecast is for E/SE winds at around 15 to 20 knots throughout the day, before tomorrow brings around 20 knots of E/SE winds right throughout the day.
Sunday will then be very similar, with E/SE winds forecast at around 15 to 20 knots.
Swimming: The swimming conditions have again been quite mixed during the past week, with patches of very choppy ocean conditions mixed in with pockets of glassy and clam conditions depending on what the storms and the winds were doing – however, yesterday morning did provide plenty of great swimming conditions while the winds were super-light!
Unfortunately though, the forecast for the coming days is looking a little ordinary for swimmers – unless you can hit the beach very early in the morning or find a location that is protected from the E/SE winds!
Choppy and messy conditions will be the norm from today through until Sunday (at least) with those open and more exposed beaches being slightly worse than others.
There will also be a side sweep pushing along most beaches from south to north as well, so please be cautious if you are swimming – not to mention the murky water as well.
Beaches such as Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Moore Park Beach and Nielson Park will be the better options this weekend, whilst the early mornings will be the better time to hit the beach for a swim (and maybe also from mid to late afternoon if the wind is not too strong).
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: Saturday – 9am to 5pm at Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach and Agnes Water; 1pm to 5m at Elliott Heads and Moore Park Beach.
Sunday – 9am to 5pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water.
Weekdays – 9am to 5pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only.
Surfing: Local board-riders have not had too much to be excited about this past week, with mostly small, messy, and choppy conditions about – but there were a few fleeting opportunities when the wind dropped and provided some, small, clean, fun waves if you were lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time!
Now for today and also the weekend, we are looking at moderate E/SE winds to be the norm, so there should be a few waves about if you are keen to put up with the choppy and messy conditions.
The wave heights will be nothing special, but maybe consider locations such as Agnes Water, Nielson Park, Mon Repos and Moore Park Beach to find some conditions to entice you out for some fun.
Early mornings may be the best option, but don’t discount mid to late afternoon either! Good Luck!
For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers looking for some downwind paddling action, the moderate E/SE wind should provide plenty of options over the coming days for some slick south to north runs.
If not, the protected waterways and rivers may be the best options for those looking for more gentle paddling conditions.
- Last week's report: Keep an eye on the sky before trip to the beach