Well, it has been another week of mixed conditions with dry, warm, breezy, and muggy conditions the norm, although we did get a couple of spits of rain on Wednesday night ahead of a moderate SE wind change through yesterday.
This SE wind change will be short lived however, with lighter, but still moderate, E/NE winds expected through today and across the weekend.
Today’s winds will be from the E this morning at 10 to 15 knots before they swing more from the E/NE through this afternoon.
Tomorrow will then be very similar, with E/NE winds at 10 to 15 knots, and then Sunday will also bring E/NE winds at 10 to 15 knots, but they will increase to 15+ knots through late Sunday afternoon.
Temperatures will remain quite warm still as well, with mostly sunny skies.
Swimming: Swimming conditions have again been mixed this week, with choppy conditions the norm for most of the week thanks to the windy conditions, although some beaches were certainly better than others!
Now, as we look ahead to today and across the weekend, we can expect moderate E/NE winds for the entirety, with the general trend being that they will be slightly lighter through the early mornings and then slightly stronger through the late afternoons.
With this in mind, the better beaches for swimmers across the weekend will be Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads, with the better swimming conditions to be found either in the very early mornings when the winds are lighter, or again from midday to mid-afternoon when the tide is higher.
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: The surfing action has once again been very ordinary throughout this past week with choppy and sloppy conditions for most of the week thanks to those northerly winds, although we did get a brief change yesterday with the SE winds and slightly different swell direction.
For today and across the weekend, we are set for E/NE winds, which will likely provide more sloppy and wobbly conditions, with probably not a great deal of quality waves either. But as per usual, keep an eye on your favourite location, with the period from late morning through to mid-afternoon tomorrow and Sunday perhaps a chance of throwing something up at Kelly’s Beach pr even Elliott Heads. Good Luck!
For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers, the ocean is going to be a little wobbly over the coming days, but there just might be enough wind through mid to late afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday for a south to north downwind paddle.
For those looking for a more relaxed paddle, maybe consider the early mornings at either Kelly’s Beach or Elliott Heads, or else stick to the creeks and rivers.
Events: A local Junior (U8 to U15) Surf Lifesaving Carnival will be held at Elliott Heads on Sunday, commencing from 8.30am. Good luck!