LifestyleBeach report: mixed weather on the cards for weekend

Beach report: mixed weather on the cards for weekend

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Craig Holden says board riders have again enjoyed another good run of waves on local beaches. Photo: Nielson Beach Park

The past week has once again delivered more reasonably pleasant weather conditions for beachgoers, especially over the past couple of days once those winds eased, and the temperatures again climbed.

But as we look ahead to today and across the weekend, the news for beachgoers is going to be quite mixed in terms of the weather forecast with some rain and cooler temperatures on the way.

Showers, and possible rain periods, are forecast for today and Sunday (and for most of next week too for that matter), but tomorrow should hopefully bring a little more sunshine – fingers crossed!

Today’s winds will be super-light but variable throughout the day, with only 5 to 10 knots expected, which is great news for swimmers, but then the winds will start to gradually increase across the weekend.

Tomorrow morning will bring light S/SE winds at around 10 knots before they increase to around 15 knots during the day, and possibly a little stronger through the afternoon too.

Sunday will then bring around 15 knots of S/SE winds through the morning that will increase to 15 to 20 knots from the E/SE through the afternoon.

Swimming: After a good weekend, the swimming conditions turned ordinary for swimmers on Monday and Tuesday this week, but thankfully, they improved quickly over the past couple of days!

Despite the likelihood of showers today, the light winds will ensure we see more good swimming conditions (let’s face it – you will get wet anyway!), but unfortunately, we will then see conditions start to get slightly worse across the weekend (although not terrible) before deteriorating even more into next week.

Today’s forecast will ensure that all beaches provide great swimming conditions, but Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads could be slightly better – especially from mid-morning to early afternoon when the tide is high, and the winds start to turn E/NE.

Across the weekend though, the better swimming conditions will be found in the early mornings whilst the winds are lighter.

The ocean will get a little choppy through the afternoons too, with a side current pushing from right to left along those open and exposed beaches, so the better beaches then will be Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Nielson Park, and Moore Park.

Please check with the 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 and weekdays – Nil

Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 5pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only

Surfing: Local board-riders have again enjoyed another good run of waves about our local beaches through last weekend, and even continuing throughout the past week as well!

The size has been dropping daily, but the waves have been super-clean over the past few days.

This morning should see these conditions continue too, with more clean, but small and fun waves expected that may well continue into Saturday morning as well.

After that, the onshore winds will bring messier conditions, but there could also be another run of increased wave heights commencing perhaps through Sunday, but more likely into early next week and onwards.

As per usual, Agnes Water will be the best option, but locally, beaches such as Nielson Park, Mon Repos and Moore Park Beach will also be worth checking out. Good luck!

For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers, there will be plenty of calm and gentle ocean paddling conditions throughout today and into tomorrow morning, with maybe even some small, clean waves to enjoy too.

Then, by tomorrow afternoon and into Sunday, the onshore winds will increase and hopefully bring enough wind for a south to north downwind run.

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