Well, it has been another week of mostly nice weather, with plenty of sunshine, and light to moderate winds, but with cooler temperatures returning again earlier in the week.
As we look ahead to the coming days though, the forecast indicates we are in for a very mixed weekend of weather, with mild temperatures, the chance of more rain tomorrow, but with only light winds.
Partly overcast conditions will be the norm today before tomorrow then brings the high chance of showers throughout the day, and then Sunday brings those sunny skies back again – but cool temperatures return again by Monday!
The wind forecast for today indicates light E/SE winds this morning at around 5 to 10 knots that will then turn more from the E/NE through the day.
Tomorrow will then bring N/NE to N/NW winds at 5 to 10 knots, before a cooler wind change arrives overnight on Saturday to provide us with SW winds on Sunday at 5 to 10 knots.
The swimming conditions were superb early this week with the mostly offshore winds keeping the ocean calm and flat, but we have just seen slightly choppy conditions arrive through the past day or two as the winds turned more onshore.
These choppy conditions should settle through today and across the weekend though, with today likely to provide just slightly choppy conditions, which will improve to mostly calm and classy conditions as the weekend progresses – Sunday in particular, should be the pick of the days for swimmers, with tomorrow’s showery conditions likely to keep a few people away.
If you are swimming, Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads will be the picks through this afternoon and throughout Saturday, but by Sunday, all beaches will provide great swimming conditions with the offshore winds.
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!
Today and Weekdays – NIL
Saturday and Sunday – 9.00am to 5.00pm at Kelly’s Beach & Agnes Water only
This past week has not delivered too much joy for board-riders around the local region, with mostly only very small waves on offer for much of the week.
As we look ahead to the weekend, there does not appear to be too much more joy either unfortunately, BUT the swell direction is predicted to turn more E/NE across the weekend, so there could just be a small glimmer of hope there for board riders to find some small, clean waves through the early mornings.
Beaches such as Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads may surprise this afternoon, but more likely tomorrow, whilst on Sunday morning, Agnes Water, Nielson Park, Mon Repos and Moore Park Beach may be worth a look for a very small but clean wave.
For the SUP and Ocean Ski Paddlers, if you are looking for a relaxing paddle on the ocean, you should be able to find reasonable conditions this weekend to do just that – Sunday in particular should be calm and flat inshore, while tomorrow will be quite nice also at beaches such as Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads. But if you are looking for a slick downwind paddle, the wind forecast is not looking to be on your side this weekend.
The local 4670 SUP Club Inc. will be hosting their annual Clearwater Classic race weekend this weekend, with an ocean Teach Race being held at Elliott Heads on Saturday afternoon, and then the long-distance endurance race in the Elliott River on Sunday morning (starting and finishing at Riverview).
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