It's going to be good beach weather

WEATHER: The weekend is looking reasonably good for beach-goers with only light to moderate winds expected, however there is a high chance of showers through today and tomorrow. Thunderstorms are also still a possibility for today. Winds will be from the E/SE through today and tomorrow at around 15 to 20 knots, before they swing more from the E/NE through tomorrow afternoon. Sunday's winds are expected to drop back to only 10 to 15 knots and swing more from the E/NE to N/NE. Temperatures will be a little milder but humidity will be high.

SWIMMING: Conditions are okay at present and they should remain that way across the next few days. The open beaches are a little choppy and sloppy, but nothing too bad. Just keep an eye out for blue bottles, with small numbers showing up across local beaches, and remember to wash off under the shower if there is algae present at your swimming locations.

Across the weekend, the best swimming conditions will be found from mid morning to early afternoon to coincide with the high tide times, whilst the best beaches for a swim will be Agnes Water and Nielson Park through today and tomorrow, before Kelly's Beach and Elliott Heads will be better through Saturday afternoon and into Sunday.

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: Weekdays - 9am to 5pm @ Kelly's Beach and Agnes Water only. Saturday - 9am to 5pm @ Kelly's Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach and Agnes Water; 1pm to 5pm @ Elliott Heads and Moore Park. Sunday - 9am to 5pm @ Elliott Heads, Kelly's Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park and Agnes Water.

SURFING: The wave action has been pretty limited across local beaches this week and unfortunately the weekend forecast does not look too promising for the surfers. If desperate, check out beaches such as Nielson Park, Mon Repos and Agnes Water through the morning period with the hope of finding something worthwhile. EVENTS: Good luck to all local competitors competing this weekend at the North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Mackay.



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