Choppy seas and strong winds close some beaches

DANGEROUS seas have forced the closure of some of the region's beaches, with choppy seas combined with strong winds and swells causing messy and unsafe swimming conditions.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said the conditions prompted lifesavers to close Elliott Heads, Nielson and Kelly's beaches yesterday, with Kelly's and Elliott Heads beaches also closed on Wednesday.

Similar conditions are expected today and patrolling surf life savers will assess whether to reopen the beaches.

Mr Holden said the more protected beaches of Moore Park and Oaks had so far remained open.

"The lifesavers will continually assess the beaches; they could remain closed for a few hours or so or it could be longer," he said.

"It's pretty wild and woolly on the open beaches.

"They cop the full brunt of the south-easterly winds."

Mr Holden said the rough seas were making for poor swimming conditions and swimmer safety was paramount.

"There is a strong side current and rips are increasing with the swell," he said.

The winds which have swept across the region bringing cooler temperatures make for a significant change to the sweltering conditions of this time last week.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Steve Hadley said the winds, which had caused the bureau to issue a strong wind warning for the Capricorn Coast, were due to a high over the Tasman which was causing fresh east-south- easterly winds up to 40kmh.

Mr Hadley said the windy conditions would start to ease over the weekend, but another high next week was expected to bring more of the same.

The general consensus among the majority of the NewsMail Facebook followers was that the wind was welcome relief after the heat.

Mel Hollands described the cooler weather as "fantastic".

Another resident, Amanda Jayne Howarth, was looking at it as a monetary windfall.

"Don't need air con or fans on," she said.

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