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Take in the end of school holidays by the beach

school holidays by the beach
In this week’s beach report Craig Holden is encouraging the community to enjoy the end of the winter school holidays by the beach as daytime temperatures are expected to reach a pleasant 21-22 degrees.

Well, it has been another mixed week of weather conditions just passed, with gloomy skies, some rain, and unusually warm and humid weather, which was a real shock after last weekend’s cold snap.

But in good news, we will see a return to normality over coming days, with more of a winter weather pattern settling in – clear sunny skies, light to moderate SW winds, and cooler temperatures.

Minimum temperatures will return to single figures over the weekend, with daytime maximums reaching a pleasant 21 to 22 degrees.

The wind forecast is almost identical across the next three days too, which is a little unusual, but we will take it – SW winds are expected at around 10 to 15 knots from the SW throughout today, tomorrow and Sunday!

So, it is shaping up to be a pretty good weekend of weather to signal the end of the school holidays!

Swimming: The swimming conditions, much like the weather conditions, have been quite mixed and varied throughout the week, with choppy and messy conditions earlier in the week that settled through Wednesday afternoon onwards.

But there is nothing but good news ahead for beachgoers and swimmers over the coming days, with the SW winds expected to provide plenty of calm, gentle ocean conditions across all beaches throughout today and then right across the weekend.

All beaches are expected to provide great swimming conditions over the coming days, provided the winds remain offshore, whilst the best time for a swim will be from mid-morning through until the early afternoon when the tide is a little higher.

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: Well after what seemed like an eternity of flat surf (at least 2 to 3 weeks) we finally saw a few days of waves during this past week, although the quality was quite mixed due to the changing wind direction and strength!

But as per usual, as quickly as the waves came, they also disappeared, and unfortunately, the forecast for the coming days is not looking promising for those seeking a few more waves!

The SW winds will ensure calm and generally flat seas once again but keep an eye on the ocean as there may just be a very small but clean wave about for the mal-riders or SUP paddlers. Good Luck!

For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers, there should be plenty of mild ocean conditions about the coastline through today, and then across the entire weekend, thanks to the offshore winds.

The downwind conditions are not so promising though – unless of course those winds do swing more form the S/SW, so keep an eye on conditions.

Events: Nil