LifestyleSwimming conditions are set to improve

Swimming conditions are set to improve

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In this week's beach report Craig Holden advises to hit the beach early or late afternoon for the best swimming conditions.

Well, it has been a warm week, but a very windy week as well, with moderate to strong SE winds being the norm since Tuesday – but in good news for beach goers, these winds are expected to ease through today before they turn more northerly across the weekend.

Minimum temperatures will also feel a little cooler, but daytime maximums will still remain around 29 to 30 degrees.

This morning’s winds will be from the south at around 10 knots early before they turn more from the E/SE during the day and then increase to around 15+ knots this afternoon.

Tomorrow morning will then bring S/SE to E/SE winds through the morning at 5 to 10 knots only, but they will then swing from the E/NE during the afternoon and increase to 15+ knots.

Sunday is then forecast to have N/NE winds at 10 to 15 knots.

Swimming: Swimming conditions were okay on Monday and again early on Tuesday morning, but since Tuesday midday the ocean has bene mostly choppy, messy and even a little rough on the more open and exposed beaches.

But it does look like the ocean will start to settle today and continue to be quite good for swimmers across the weekend as well!

Just avoid the late afternoons when the winds will be at their strongest.

For today and tomorrow, the better beaches for swimmers will be Agnes Water, Hervey Bay, Nielson Park, and Moore Park Beach, but this will change by Saturday afternoon with Elliott Heads and Kelly’s Beach certainly being the better beaches then and also again throughout Sunday.

Either hit the beaches through the early mornings, or again from midday to mid-afternoon to find the better swimming conditions.

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 Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only

Saturday – 9 am to 5 pm at Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach and Agnes Water; 1 pm to 5 pm at Elliott Heads and Moore Park Beach

Sunday – 9 am to 5 pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water

Surfing: There has once again been options for some fun waves across our local beaches during the past week, but the conditions have certainly become wind-effected over the past few days.

Wave heights are expected to drop quickly over the coming days, but hopefully they will also start to clean-up as well as the winds ease.

Today will probably be the pick of the next three days for a surf, so hit the beach early this morning or again around mid to late morning for best results.

Tomorrow morning is also expected to have a few small, clean waves to enjoy as well. Best locations will be Agnes Water, Mon Repos, Nielson Park, and Moore Park.

However, don’t rule out a sneaky look at Kelly’s Beach or even Elliott Heads later in the weekend. Good luck! 

For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers, mid to late afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday may be your best chances of a downwind paddle (north to south), but the very early mornings will also be quite okay for those looking for a more relaxed float on the ocean, and particularly tomorrow morning.

Events: Nil.