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Beach report: conditions to ease in coming days

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Craig Holden says swimming conditions have been a little mixed this past week, as you would expect with the moderate onshore winds, and the ocean has been quite choppy and sloppy for most of the week. Photo: File

In this week's beach and surf report swimmers are told to expect conditions to ease over the weekend after a week of moderate onshore winds.

Weather

Well, it has been a bit of a mixed week of weather, with slightly cooler conditions, the odd shower, and moderate onshore winds for the most part.

Looking ahead to the coming days, it does appear that the winds will only be light to moderate at the most, but the chance of showers looks likely to increase – particularly on Sunday.

The wind direction will be variable over the next three days too, with predominantly northerly winds returning through Saturday and into Sunday.

Today’s winds will be from the E/SE to E at around 10 to 15 knots, before tomorrow then delivers E/NE winds at around 10 knots.

Sunday will then bring E/NE to N/NE winds at around 10 knots.

Overcast conditions will likely be the norm too, with temperatures also expected to start to climb a little by Sunday.

Swimming

Swimming conditions have been a little mixed this past week, as you would expect with the moderate onshore winds, and the ocean has been quite choppy and sloppy for most of the week.

These choppy and sloppy conditions should start to ease over the coming days, but there will still be slightly choppy conditions about depending on which beach you are heading too.

For today, the better beaches for swimmers will likely be Agnes Water, Nielson Park Beach, Hervey Bay and Moore Park Beach.

However, as the winds turn more from the north on Saturday and Sunday, the better beaches for swimmers will certainly be Elliott Heads and Kelly’s Beach.

The best times for a swim will either be from early to mid-morning, or again around late afternoon.

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 – 9 am to 5 pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water ONLY

Saturday – 9 am to 5 pm at Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach and Agnes Water; 1 pm to 5 pm at Elliott Heads and Moore Park Beach

Sunday – 9 am to 5 pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water

Surfing

This past week has thrown up plenty of messy and choppy conditions, but there have also been a few waves about too – it is just that the quality has been pretty ordinary.

Looking ahead to today and into the weekend, we are expecting much of the same messy conditions through today, before those dreaded northerly winds return for the weekend.

With this in mind, you may find a messy wave at locations such as Agnes Water, Moore Park Beach, Mon Repos or Nielson Park through today or again early tomorrow morning.

After that, it may be worthwhile having a look at Kelly’s Beach or even Elliott Heads once those winds turn more northerly for the remainder of the weekend.

Good luck!

For the SUP and Ocean Ski Paddlers, the sloppy and messy ocean conditions are not likely to provide much quality downwind paddling options nor relaxing paddling conditions either over the coming days, so perhaps hit the protected waterways, or maybe get out early Sunday morning at Kelly’s Beach or Elliott Heads for gentler conditions.

Events

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