Well, once again it has been a great week of weather for the second week of the school holidays, with sunny skies, mild temperatures, and great beach conditions for the most part.
Now as we look ahead to the coming days and the last weekend of the Easter school holidays, it does appear that we are in for more of the same great weather too!
The skies should remain mostly sunny and cloud-free, the temperatures will be mild, and the winds will be light – so there are no excuses for not hitting the beach over the coming days!
Today’s winds will be from the S/SW this morning at around 10 knots, before they swing more from the E/NE by this afternoon and ease back to 5 to 10 knots.
Tomorrow will then bring E/SE winds through the morning at 5 to 10 knots, but these winds will then turn more E/NE by the afternoon. Sunday’s forecast is then for E/NE to NE winds at 5 to 10 knots.
Swimming: The swimming conditions have been absolutely fantastic for the past week, with mostly calm and gentle conditions across all beaches in the region, and the current forecast suggests that we are in for more of the same over the next three days as well!
The forecast for light winds, should mean that the ocean remains mostly calm and gentle until Sunday, with no shortage of great options for beach goers across all beaches in our region.
The best time for swimmers will be during the early mornings, or again from mid to late afternoon while the tide is higher.
All beaches will be good for swimmers this weekend, but Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads could be slightly better through the afternoons, and also throughout Sunday.
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 Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water, Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water
Saturday and Sunday – 9 am to 5 pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water, plus a rove lifeguard within the Bundaberg Region.
Weekdays (next week) – 9 am to 5 pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only
Surfing: As you would expect, with the great swimming conditions over the past week, this has meant the surf conditions have been quite non-existent with a mostly flat ocean for most of this part week.
Yesterday provided a very small northerly wave with the increase in those northerly W/NW winds, but the forecast for the coming days does not look promising for board-riders.
I would suggest that perhaps early this morning could have a small, clean mal wave (but I do emphasise small!), whilst the weekend is looking to be mostly tame. But as per usual, keep an eye on conditions, as things can change quickly. Good luck!
For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers looking for calm and gentle ocean conditions, there should be no shortage of opportunities through today and across the weekend thanks to the light winds, but for those looking for a downwind paddle, the wind forecast is not looking to be supportive for you over the coming days.
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