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Great beach conditions before a weekend change

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Craig Holden says today will bring a continuation of great conditions with more sunny skies, warm temperatures, and only light winds, which is great news for beachgoers. Photo: File, Elliott Heads Beach

Well, it has been an absolutely amazing week of weather, with associated perfect beach conditions, across the local region during this past week, and because of this we have also seen plenty of people out and about enjoying these conditions.

But, as per usual, it does appear that things will change over the weekend!

Today though, will bring a continuation of these great conditions with more sunny skies, warm temperatures, and only light winds, which is great news for beachgoers.

Then, across the weekend, we will unfortunately see an increase in the winds, as the SE winds return, but they should only be at a moderate intensity.

There is also the chance of showers again by Sunday too, so check the sky before you plan your trip!

Today’s winds will be from E/SE to E/NE at only 5 to 10 knots, before tomorrow morning brings more light winds – around 10 knots of E/SE winds – but these winds will increase during the day to get to 15+ knots from the E/SE.

Sunday is then looking a bit windier again, with around 15 knots of E/SE winds in the morning that will then increase to 15 to 20 knots throughout the day.

Swimming: The swimming conditions have been sensational across all local beaches during this past week, and in great news for beachgoers, they will continue to be the same throughout today as well!

But good things always come to an end eventually, and in this case, the swimming conditions will start to deteriorate through tomorrow, as those winds increase, and the choppy and slightly messy conditions re-emerge.

All beaches will provide more good swimming conditions today, and the same can also be said for early tomorrow morning as well, but by late morning tomorrow and then onwards, you will need to look to beaches that provide some protection from the prevailing E/SE winds.

The best time for a swim will either be in the very early mornings while the winds are lighter, or again around mid-afternoon when the tide is high.

The better beaches for swimmers across the weekend, when the winds increase, will likely be Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Nielson Park and Moore 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: Saturday – 9am to 5pm at Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach and Agnes Water; 1pm to 5pm 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: This past week has brought with it a lean run of swell and surf conditions for local board-riders, with pretty much flat conditions being the norm for the past two days at least.

Unfortunately, the forecast for the coming days is not looking too much better either!

Today especially, will continue to be mostly flat, but at least the E/SE winds will start to increase over the weekend, and this might just whip up a few small, messy waves for those that are desperate to get wet and chase a wave. It won’t be pretty, but it might be enough if you want to get wet. Good luck!

For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers looking for some downwind paddling action, once again the moderate E/SE winds expected by tomorrow afternoon and for most of the day on Sunday, should give you enough for a reasonable south to north run.

But for those chasing a more relaxed, and gentle paddle, hit the ocean early this morning and again tomorrow morning, or else stick to the protected waterways and rivers from mid-morning tomorrow onwards.

Events: Nil.

  • Last week's report: Mild temperatures mean perfect time to visit beaches

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