Weather report dashes hopes of beach weekend
IT'S Friday and we're all excited about the weekend, but the weatherman has mediocre news for the Sunshine Coast, with cool and cloudy weather expected tomorrow and Sunday.
Strong winds have already postponed the Sunshine Coast Ocean Regatta today, with 14 sailing boats now returned Mooloolaba marina where their crew waits to hear whether a late race can take off early afternoon.
Organiser Kerry Peed said winds reached 30 knots and were too strong for a safe competition, but she was optimistic that regular reviews would see the race begin later today, if safe.
"Tomorrow's looking brilliant - sunny and at the 10 to 15 knot mark, with dropping swell," Mrs Peed said.
"It'll be perfect racing conditions and will get the boats up and going.
"We'll be able to get the spinnakers up so it'll be colourful and fast, so we're really looking forward to it."
Racing yachts when weather was too windy and the sea was too rough was not an option, she said.
"When it gets really windy, then the boats are just under a lot of pressure and a lot of strain," Mrs Peed said.
"It's just increased risk of injury to the boat and the crew. The boats, they can be knocked down. The mast goes in the water.
"We don't want injuries and we don't want damaged boats. They're expensive boats to maintain and repair."
Challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots, did make for a good race, she said.
Showers should clear tomorrow
Light rain will possibly fall across patches of the Sunshine Coast today, says Weatherzone meteorologist Jacob Cronje, with partly cloudy conditions keeping the sun at bay and 23 the maximum tomorrow.
Showers should clear up by mid-morning tomorrow, but clouds will hang around into Sunday.
"Overall it's going to be quite cool," he said.
"It's not getting above 23 or 24 on Sunday, with partly cloudy conditions throughout."
The good news for sailors is winds should drop by late afternoon, and are scheduled to calm down tomorrow and Sunday.
"Today is pretty choppy," Mr Cronje said.
"It's up at 25-30 knots. But it looks like conditions will start to ease tomorrow and Sunday."
Swell was high today - with waves up to two metres - but would drop to less than one metre as south-easterly winds ease and turn easterly tomorrow, dropping to below 20 knots.
A storm that's brewing as an inland trough develops is at this point expected to bring a thunderstorm to the Coast on Monday, he said.
Forecast - Maroochydore
Today Max 22, 50% chance of rain
Saturday Min 12 Max 23, partly cloudy, with a 20% chance of rain
Sunday Min 12 Max 24. mostly sunny, with a 10% chance of rain
Source: Bureau of Meteorology