Weather gods on our side for perfect beach days
ONCE again, the weather gods appear to be on our side in terms of conditions for the last weekend of the school holidays.
The cooler westerly winds that have been present for the past two days will start to ease and then turn more onshore, which will allow temperatures to climb gradually over the next few days.
Winds will be from the SW this morning at 10-15 knots before increasing tonight to 15-20 knots from the south.
Tomorrow will then see lighter S/SW winds at only 5-10 knots that will swing more from the S/SE to E/SE later in the day.
Sunday will be much the same as tomorrow, although the winds will gust a little stronger to 10-15 knots, although still quite mild.
Sunshine should once again be plentiful, so enjoy the great conditions on offer.
The ocean has been at its glorious best over the past two days thanks to the offshore winds keeping the ocean surface calm and flat and this should continue at least through today and hopefully over the weekend.
The mornings will certainly be the best with the offshore winds providing great swimming conditions, although with high tide times around the middle of the day, this will also provide a great time to swim - particularly as the midday sun warms the temperatures.
The winds will turn onshore through the afternoons across the weekend, so we can expect the ocean to become slightly choppy at these times, but again, it should not worry the swimmers too much.
Enjoy the conditions on offer but remember though, if swimming please do so only at patrolled beaches, during patrol times and always between the red and yellow flags - if we can't see you, we can't save you.
Tomorrow and Sunday - 9am-5pm at Kellys Beach and Agnes Water only.
Yet again, not much has been happening in terms of surf on any of our local beaches throughout the past week and, unfortunately, the forecast for the weekend is not looking too promising either - unless you live in south-east Queensland where they will see a great increase in swell size.
Having said that, be sure to check conditions regularly as things can change quickly and the mal riders and SUP paddlers may be able to find something small to entice them out.
Good luck to local surf lifesavers competing this weekend at the 2016 Queensland Pool Rescue Championships at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport.