Gusty winds set for the weekend

WEATHER: Beach-goers have been blessed with great beach weather and plenty of sunshine over the past few days, but all good things must come to end with another strong SE wind change moving into the region overnight and through this morning.

The good news is that the gusty winds should start to ease by Sunday and there will still be plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures.

Winds today will be from the SE to E/SE at around 10-15 knots this morning before gradually increasing through the day to 15-20 knots and then 20-25 knots this afternoon.

Tomorrow will be windy all day as the SE winds gust at around 20-25 knots and possibly even stronger at times. Fingers crossed though that these winds do ease slightly on Sunday with SE to E/SE winds expected at around 15-20 knots that may ease back to 10-15 knots, but Monday's public holiday is looking great as the winds will be very light for most of the day.

SWIMMING: Swimming conditions will start to get quite messy and choppy through this afternoon and into tomorrow, meaning that the swimming conditions will not be great unless you head to a protected location out of the wind.

The open beaches will be the worst affected with side sweeps likely to also be running along their length from right to left.

Swimmers should not despair though, as the ocean conditions will improve sharply through Sunday and into Monday - with Monday looking like being the best day across this long weekend with all beaches looking great for a day out.

For the next few days though, my recommendation would be hit the beaches in the early mornings before the winds intensify, or else to head to a location such as Agnes Water or Nielson Park from late morning to early afternoon.

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: Today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday - 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 (Tuesday onwards) - 9am-5pm at Kellys Beach and Agnes Water ONLY

SURFING: With the SE winds expected to get very gusty through today and tomorrow, local 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 Water is certainly shaping up as the most promising location, particularly around the headland, but beaches such as 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-morning to noon. Good luck.


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