BLOWING A GALE: Kelly's Beach surf lifesaver Emma Finnis hangs onto her hat as strong winds batter the beach. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
BLOWING A GALE: Kelly's Beach surf lifesaver Emma Finnis hangs onto her hat as strong winds batter the beach. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Hold on to your hats

IT IS perfect weather for kite flying and according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), strong winds are set to stick around for another day before easing up on Sunday.

BOM forecaster Michael Paech said this week's windy weather had been caused by a large high which had moved into the Tasman Sea and a strong ridge up the coast.

"As a result, we are seeing strong winds of about 30 to 35kmh along the Queensland coast," he said.

Mr Paech said the winds were also causing lack of moisture.

"The winds run parallel to the coast, when this happens we don't really see much shower activity," he said.

"The good news is there might be an increase in shower activity on Saturday (today)."

Fire fighters toughed it out in the dry air and windy conditions yesterday when a large bushfire broke out at Kinkuna.at about 10.45am.

The fast moving fire travelled in a westerly direction, impacting about 20 hectares in the Kinkuna and Coonarr areas.

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Bundaberg acting area director Phil Williams said it was the windy conditions which drove the fire.

"We measured 46kmh winds at the airport, so that made things pretty difficult," he said.

"With strong winds like that, it increases the fire's rate of speed and create problems with embers which are carried further."

Residents were told to activate their bushfire plans and relocate if necessary as ten rural fire crews worked to contain the blaze.

Beach goers have also been warned about the wind, with Surf Life Saving Queensland regional operations manager Craig Holden stating surf conditions would be rough.

"The beaches are still open but we would like swimmers to be extremely cautious in the water this weekend and to swim at patrolled beaches," he said.

"The surf will be pretty choppy and messy."
 



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