Well, once again it has been another mixed bag of weather conditions during this past week, with mostly good weather and beach conditions up until yesterday when the rain kicked in.
Looking ahead to the coming days the forecast is indicating mixed weather conditions for beach goers, with mostly sunny skies today, that will then become overcast tomorrow before showers are highly likely again by Sunday.
In better news though, the winds should remain mostly light through today and tomorrow, before they start to increase to being moderate by Sunday afternoon.
This morning’s winds will be from the S/SW early at around 10 knots before they swing more from the E/SE by this afternoon but drop back to 5 to 10 knots.
Tomorrow will be similar, but with S/SE to E/SE winds at 5 to 10 knots through the day. Sunday will then bring a slight increase, with S/SE to E/SE winds at around 10 knots through the morning, then increase to 10 to 15 knots through Sunday afternoon.
The swimming conditions have generally been okay throughout the past week, although the beaches that face in a more northerly direction did get a little choppier than others.
Looking ahead to the coming days, and despite the forecast for overcast skies across the weekend and showers by Sunday, the ocean conditions should be quite OK thanks to the mostly light winds.
All beaches should provide good swimming conditions through the mornings, and more so around early morning especially, but beaches such as Agnes Water, Hervey Bay, Nielson Park and Moore Park could just be slightly better – particularly through the afternoons.
Please check with the surf lifesavers or 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 – 9 am to 5 pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only
Saturday and Sunday – 9 am to 5 pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water
Weekdays (from Monday) – 9 am to 5 pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water
The surf conditions have been pretty small for the most part this week, but there have been a few windows of opportunity to find a small, fun wave at different locations depending on the tide and the wind.
Looking ahead to the next few days and there is good news for board-riders in that the winds will generally be light, and only light to moderate at most, but the swell size is also likely to be quite small.
Perhaps try the early mornings in the hope of finding a small, clean mal wave.
The better locations will likely be Agnes Water, Nielson Park, Moore Park and Mon Repos.
For the SUP and Ocean Ski paddlers looking for calm and gentle ocean conditions, try your luck through the early mornings over the next two to three days.
For those looking for a downwind paddle, the wind forecast is not looking great for you, but Sunday afternoon may just provide a small window of opportunity for a south to north run.
Good luck to all local competitors still competing Perth, Western Australia, at the 2023 Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, which conclude this Sunday 2 April.