Well, it has been a real mixed bag of weather during this past week, with mild temperatures and gusty winds early in the week together with a bit of rain as well, but then sunny skies, cooler temperatures, and light winds for the past few days.
It is good news for the coming days as well, with plenty of sunny skies and light winds forecast, with some chilly mornings but beautifully mild days, so the beach will certainly be great place to relax this weekend.
The winds this morning will be from the S/SW at around 10 knots before they turn more from the S/SE during the afternoon and ease back to just over 5 knots.
Tomorrow will then bring S/SW to E/NE winds at 5 to 10 knots, before Sunday brings S/SW winds throughout the day at around 10 knots, or maybe just slightly stronger into the afternoon.
The swimming conditions have improved markedly from Wednesday onwards, with mostly calm and gentle ocean conditions being the norm after a few bumpy and sloppy days to start the week off.
And just the like the weather, we can expect the swimming conditions to be absolute gorgeous over the coming days as well!
Calm and gentle ocean conditions will remain through today and across the entire weekend, but especially through the mornings while the winds are offshore to keep the ocean flat.
The afternoons will likely bring just a slight chop to the ocean surface, but nothing to worry about and nothing significant.
The best time for swimmers will be around mid-morning while the tide is high, with all beaches likely to have great swimming conditions as well – although maybe through Saturday afternoon, if the winds do turn E/NE, Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads may be slightly better for this period of time.
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
Well, we certainly had a great run of waves across our local beaches through last weekend, but more so on Monday and Tuesday when there was plenty of size and a little bit of punch in the swell too!
But as per usual, the wave heights did drop quickly and by Wednesday morning there were only small, glassy sliders about to fight over.
Unfortunately, as we look ahead to today and across the weekend, it does appear that we can expect mostly flat seas to remain judging by the forecast too.
The early mornings could surprise and maybe throw up a very small but clean wave for the malibu or SUP riders, so keep an eye on your favourite spot just in case.
For the SUP and Ocean Ski paddlers, you will have no shortage of calm and gentle ocean conditions over the coming days to enjoy a relaxing paddle on the ocean, but if you are looking for a slick downwind paddle, you could be out of luck unless the winds on Sunday afternoon get a little stronger than forecast.