Beach patrols will be operating in the Bundaberg region.
Beach patrols will be operating in the Bundaberg region. Brett Wortman

Early mornings best for beach goers

WEATHER: After a couple of quite warm days of great beach weather, the cooler temperatures have again returned along with a gusty wind change. The moderate to strong winds will continue through today and tomorrow before hopefully decreasing in intensity through Sunday. Showers will become increasing likely throughout tomorrow and Sunday due to the onshore winds, but hopefully these will only be scattered and short-lived, whilst temperatures should hover between about 12 and 25 degrees. For today and tomorrow, winds will be lighter and from the S/SW in the very early mornings before increasing up to 20-25 knots during the day from the S/SE to E/SE. Sunday is looking slightly better though with S/SE to E/SE winds at 10-15 knots.

SWIMMING: Swimming conditions will be a little choppy and messy this weekend - especially on the open and exposed beaches thanks to the gusty winds - although the ocean conditions should start to settle down through Sunday. These choppy conditions will be joined by strong side currents pushing along the open beaches from right to left, with rips likely to form during the outgoing stage of the tide - especially as the tide heights increase later in the weekend. My recommendation for swimmers would be to hit the beaches in the very early mornings while the winds are at their lightest, and the tide high, although Sunday afternoon could also be quite okay if the winds ease. Beaches such as Agnes Water, Nielson Park and Moore Park will offer the most protection from the prevailing winds but even some of these beaches will start to get quite wind affected. 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 - 9am-5pm at Elliott Heads, Kellys Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park and Agnes Water plus a roving lifeguard operating within the Bundaberg region.

Weekdays - 9am-5pm at Elliott Heads, Kellys Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park and Agnes Water plus a roving lifeguard operating within the Bundaberg region.

SURFING: With the SE winds expected to get gusty today and tomorrow, surfers can certainly expect to see some sort of increase in wave heights on our local beaches over the next day or two, but the wave heights will not be anything great. Hopefully though there will be something there that is not too wind-affected to entice the board-riders out. Agnes is certainly shaping up as the most promising location, particularly around the headland, but Nielson Park, Mon Repos and Moore Park should also be worth some thought. Probably best to hit the beaches in the early mornings or again from mid to late afternoon for best results.



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