There will be plenty of nice weather to enjoy this weekend, according to Craig Holden, who says good swimming conditions are expected to remain:
Well, it has been yet another week of great weather across the local region – it has been cool, without being too cold, the daytime temperatures have been quite mild, and we have had mostly light winds and blue skies as well!
The question is though, will the weather remain this good over the coming days?
Well, if the weather forecast is correct – yes it will do!
Everything is pointing towards another few days of light winds, mostly sunny skies, and mild temperatures, although it will still be a little cool overnight and through the very early mornings.
The winds will be variable, but the forecast is pointing towards them being quite light, which is great news for beachgoers.
This morning’s winds will be from the South at 5 to 10 knots before they decrease to around 5 knots and swing from the E/SE during the day, and then from the E/NE through the late afternoon.
Tomorrow morning will then bring 5 to 10 knots of S/SW winds early that will swing from the E/SE during the day. Sunday will perhaps then bring just slightly stronger winds, but still at only around 10 knots from the S/SE to E/SE.
Once again, we have seen another week of mostly good swimming conditions across the local region, with just a slight amount of chop on the ocean surface as the winds turned more onshore during the day.
As we look ahead to today and then across the weekend, we have more good news for swimmers and beachgoers, with good swimming conditions expected to remain with us through until Sunday at least.
With high tides due in the very early mornings and then again through the very late afternoons/early evenings, these will be good times to have a swim, but really, with the forecast light winds, it should not matter what time of day you hit the beach over the coming days to find reasonable swimming conditions.
All beaches should provide good swimming conditions as well, but perhaps those beaches that are more protected from S/SE winds could be even better – these would be Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Moore Park Beach, and Nielson Park beach.
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 – 9 am to 5 pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only
You know that when the swimming conditions are good, that this usually means the surfing conditions are the direct opposite, and for the most part this has been true this week!
But there have still been a few small windows of opportunity to find some small, clean waves during the week – particularly yesterday, when a small, but clean, long-period swell rolled through.
This small, clean swell should remain for another day or two yet – fingers crossed – but as mentioned, it is only small and will be better suited to the mals.
But don’t despair, the forecast is pointing towards a bit of an increase in wave heights by Monday and into Tuesday. Hopefully, it arrives! In the meanwhile, enjoy what you can!
For the SUP and Ocean Ski Paddlers, there will once again be plenty of opportunities for more clam, relaxing and gentle paddles on the ocean through today and across the weekend, but for those looking for some downwind action, you are looking out of luck unless the wind gets stronger than forecast on Sunday.
Good luck to local surf lifesavers that are competing tomorrow in the SLSQ Sunshine Coast Pool Rescue Competition at Sunshine Grammar School.
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