Well, it has been another sensational week of weather across the local region with more light winds, sunny skies and mild temperatures – well, up until yesterday anyway when we got a reminder that winter is still here when we awoke to early morning single figure temperatures once again!
But as we know, it does not usually stay chilly for long, and by mid-morning those mild temperatures return.
Looking ahead to today and across the weekend, it does appear this glorious weather will continue too, which is great news for beach goers!
In summary, the forecast is suggesting more sunshine, blue skies, light winds, cool mornings and nights, but mild daytime temperatures.
Today’s winds will be from the S/SW to E/SE at around 10 knots, whilst tomorrow will be almost identical, before Sunday brings slightly lighter winds at 5 to 10 knots from the S/SE before they then turn from the E/NE in the late afternoon.
Swimming: The swimming conditions have been sensational this past week, as you would expect with the light winds, and as we look ahead to today and across the weekend, there is certainly nothing to suggest that things will change too much!
The mornings, in particular, will be fantastic for swimmers while the winds are slightly offshore and light, and the tide is high.
During the day, the winds will turn more onshore but because they are only light, there will only be a slight chop on the ocean surface during the later parts of the day.
All beaches will be great for swimmers over the coming days, and particularly during the mornings, but 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
Surfing: The past week has been mostly lacking in quality waves for local board-riders, but Tuesday morning did throw up a surprise with plenty of small, clean but fun-sized waves about for those that were lucky enough to be there.
It was short-lived though, with the wave heights again falling away to be very small from Wednesday onwards.
The forecast for the coming days is not suggesting any improvement either!
Generally, the ocean will be mostly calm and flat, but there will be a few clean, but very small waves about for those that are keen (or desperate) to get wet – maybe only suited to the mals or SUP’s though! Good luck!
For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers, there will be plenty of opportunity throughout today and across the entire weekend to find calm ocean conditions for a gentle paddle, but the mornings will be the absolute best time.
It is not looking great though for those chasing a fast downwind paddle but, due to the forecast for light winds.
- Check out last week's beach report here