Just the odd thunderstorm in otherwise glorious weather

WEATHER: The past couple of days have been glorious at the beach - especially in the mornings.

The remainder of the Christmas long weekend is looking reasonably good for a trip to the beach as well, but a word of warning to do look up at the sky as showers and thunderstorms are predicted across both days.

Winds will continue to be mostly light to moderate and variable this weekend, with SE/E winds expected to swing more from the E/NE across both days, although the mornings will certainly see the lightest winds before the afternoon sea breezes kick in at about 15 to 20 knots.

SWIMMING: Swimming conditions will remain fairly good across this weekend, with the mornings set to produce the calmest conditions before the afternoon seas breezes start to intensify.

Once again the winds will be variable and shift from E/SE to the E/NE across this weekend, so just be cautious if swimming as the side currents will change direction and with the tides still remaining quite high (despite slowly decreasing in height) there will still be strong tidal currents around river and creek mouths.

High tides are due in the early afternoons so the best time, if you miss the early morning swim, will be from lunchtime to mid-afternoon.

Remember, beaches will be crowded and packed this weekend so please be courteous to others.

Please swim only at patrolled beaches, during patrol times and always between the red and yellow flags - remember, if we can't see you, we can't save you.

BEACH PATROLS: TOMORROW AND SUNDAY - 8am-6pm @ Elliott Heads, Kellys Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park and Agnes Water; and roving lifeguard in Bundaberg Region; and early morning RWC surveillance patrols from 6am from Bargara to Mon Repos.

WEEKDAYS - 8am-6pm @ Kellys Beach, Nielson Park and Agnes Water; 9am-5pm @ Elliott Heads, Oaks Beach and Moore Park; and roving lifeguard in Bundaberg Region; and early morning RWC surveillance patrols from 6am from Bargara to Mon Repos.

NEW YEAR'S DAY - 8am-6pm @ Elliott Heads, Kellys Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park and Agnes Water; and roving lifeguard in Bundaberg Region; and early morning RWC surveillance patrols from 6am from Bargara to Mon Repos.

SURFING: Local surfers have been right out of luck over the past few days with flat conditions the norm and unfortunately, the waves do not look like improving too much in the immediate future.

The easterly winds may increase the wave heights ever so slightly across this weekend, but it is fair to say they will not be big enough to get anyone super excited, but you never know your luck.

Have a sneaky look around the early mornings or again from late morning to early afternoon and you may find something.

Dam levels

Kolan Barrage


Bucca Weir


Fred Haigh Dam


Ben Anderson



Ned Churchward



Paradise Dam


Claude Wharton



Jones Weir


Boondooma Dam


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