Well, after a little bit of light drizzle on Monday morning, it has a been a pretty good week of weather across the local region, with very mild temperatures considering we are still in winter.
These mild temperatures, combined with the light winds, meant that we also saw quite a few more people out and about across the region’s beaches too.
As we look ahead to today and across the weekend, the good news for beach goers is that the winds, whilst being quite variable, will remain mostly light – although there is the chance of a few light showers tomorrow after a bright and sunny day today.
This morning’s winds will be from the N/NW at 5 to 10 knots this morning before increasing to around 10 knots through the day and maybe just creeping up to 10 to 15 knots this afternoon.
Tomorrow morning will then bring W/SW winds at around 5 knots that will then swing to the N/NE and then N/NW as the day progresses, but it should not be much ore than 5 to 10 knots in strength.
Sunday will then bring SW to S/SW winds at around 10 knots throughout the day – and be prepared as well for those chilly early mornings to return by Monday.
The swimming conditions have again been very good during this past week, with the mostly light but variable winds, providing calm and gentle ocean conditions, with a few fun body surfing waves as well.
The swimming conditions should remain very good over the coming days as well, with just slightly choppy conditions through today and again tomorrow afternoon on those north-facing beaches.
However, the early mornings today and tomorrow will be great for swimming, as will all day Sunday when those offshore winds return.
For today and tomorrow, your better options for swimming will be at beaches that provide some protection from those light northerly winds – Elliott Heads and Kelly’s Beach being the best, but other beaches will not be too bad.
Then by Sunday, all beaches will be great for swimming.
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
This past week has again provided some clean, fun waves to enjoy, with Monday and Tuesday perhaps being the better days, but smaller, clean, fun waves have persisted for most of the week on the right stages of the tide.
For today and also across the weekend, we are not expecting any increases in wave heights, but we are hopeful that these small, clean, fun waves will persist and provide some options for the mal-riders for a few more days yet.
Try the early mornings while the winds are light, or again from about midday onwards to find the better conditions. Beaches such as Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads may surprise today and again tomorrow, but if not, the usual locations – Agnes Water, Nielson Park, Mon Repos and Moore Park beach will also be worth a look too.
For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers, the early mornings from today through until Sunday, should all provide reasonably calm and gentle ocean conditions, with the added bonus of maybe even a few small, clean waves too.
But for a fast downwind paddle, you may get enough wind later today (north to south), but apart from that, it is looking pretty lean.
Events: Good Luck to local surf lifesavers that will be competing today, tomorrow, and Sunday at the 2022 Australian Pool Rescue (Lifesaving) Championships on the Gold Coast.