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Beach report: stunning winter weather ahead

Beach Report cracker weekend
In this week's Beach Report, Craig Holden says the beautiful winter weather is set to continue with a cracker of a weekend ahead.

Well, it has been a stunning week of weather this past week, with a real typical ‘winter in Queensland’ weather pattern setting in to provide sunshine, blue skies, chilly mornings, beautiful days, offshore winds and spectacular ocean conditions.

Now as we look ahead to the next three days – and actually probably the next seven days – we can expect more of the same!

Word of warning though – those minimum temperatures may also get colder by mid next week.

Today’s winds will be variable and light with S/SW winds this morning at around 10 knots but they will then ease to be only 5 knots from the W/NW to N/NE by this afternoon.

Tomorrow will then bring W/SW winds at 5 to 10 knots before Sunday brings us S/SW winds at around 10 knots.

It is going to be a cracker of a weekend!


Swimming conditions have been absolutely fantastic throughout this past week with mostly calm and glassy seas for the most part and just a small amount of chop setting in through the afternoons for the past couple of days as winds turned slightly more onshore.

Looking ahead to today and then across the weekend, we are set for another run of absolutely amazing weather and matching swimming conditions.

All beaches will be fantastic for swimmers across all three days with the offshore winds set to keep the ocean calm, glassy and flat.

The best time to hit the beaches will be through the early mornings or again around mid-afternoon if you would prefer the high tide conditions and slightly warmer air temperatures!

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

Weekdays: 9 am to 5 pm at Agnes Water only

Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm at Kelly's Beach and Agnes Water only


This past week has thrown up nothing but clam, glassy and flat conditions with pretty much nothing at all in terms of waves – well, waves that are big enough to surf on anyway!

And, unfortunately, as we look ahead to the next three days (and even further) the forecast is suggesting more of the same – calm, flat and glassy.

As per usual though, keep an eye on your favourite surf spot as there may be small windows of opportunity to find a small but ridable wave – although that may be wishful thinking.

For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers chasing a downwind paddle, the wind forecast is not looking promising with only light W/SW to S/SW winds forecast.

But for those chasing a more relaxed and gentler paddle, the coming days are for you, with the beaches providing plenty of glassy and calm conditions to enjoy, with lots of clear water as well.


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