Well, it has certainly been a mixed week of weather this past week, with the odd shower about, some cloudy skies, light to moderate onshore winds, and unusually mild (even warm) temperatures.
The next few days will also be quite mild in terms of temperatures – especially by winter standards – but Saturday might just feel a little cooler again.
Mostly sunny skies are expected with just the very slight chance of a shower on Sunday.
Today’s winds will be light but also variable, with the forecast suggesting only around 5 to 10 knots of W/SW to E/SE winds.
Tomorrow will then bring S/SE to E/SE winds at around 10 knots, and then on Sunday we should get slightly stronger winds at around 10 to 15 knots from the S/SE to E/SE.
The swimming conditions have been quite mixed this past week, which is no surprise based on the weather we have had, but the ocean conditions have been improving quickly over the past day or two – and the water temperature is still very tolerable as well!
As we look ahead to today and into the weekend, the swimming conditions will be almost in reverse to the past week with great conditions expected today, before they remain quite okay tomorrow, and then get a little choppier and slightly messier by Sunday as the onshore winds start to reach moderate strength.
In particular, today will be a sensational day for swimmers with only around 5 to 10 knots of variable winds forecast all day.
The best time for a swim over the coming days will be from around midday to mid-afternoon when the tide is higher, or through the early mornings while the winds are at their lightest.
All beaches will be great for swimmers today, but across the weekend, beaches such as Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Nielson Park, and Moore Park Beach should be the better options.
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
Local board-riders have bene enjoying plenty of fun waves about the local beaches during this past week, with even a bit of size through Sunday and Monday, and even into Tuesday morning.
The wave heights have been dropping since then, but there have still been plenty of small, clean, fun waves about on the right stage of the tide.
For today and across the weekend, we are not expecting anything special in terms of waves, but there should still be enough small, fun waves about to still find some entertainment.
For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers, there will be plenty of opportunity throughout today to find calm ocean conditions for a gentle paddle, and the same through tomorrow morning as well.
Then by Sunday, there should be enough wind for a south to north downwind paddle.
- Last week's beach report: Aim for morning swims this weekend