Winds set to whip up sea

IT IS shaping up to be a mixed weekend heading our way, with slightly cooler conditions expected together with the chance of showers from today onwards.

Winds will not be too strong but they will be moderate in strength and will cause choppy ocean conditions.

Today's winds will be from the E/SE at 15-20 knots before we see a slight drop tomorrow morning as the winds become S/SE at 10-15 knots but this will be short-lived as they again increase through the afternoon to 15-20 knots from the E/SE and remain like this through Sunday as well.

Thunderstorms are also a possibility through the afternoons or evenings, so keep an eye on the sky when planning your beach trip.

SWIMMING

Swimming conditions are going to be only okay this weekend with mostly choppy and sloppy conditions expected - especially as the winds shift more from the E/SE, but protected locations should provide better conditions for swimmers.

The open and exposed beaches will be a little worse with a side current likely running along their lengths from right to left, so swimmers will need to be cautious in these locations.

As the early morning high tide heights increase over the coming days (3.4m high tide on Wednesday) swimmers will need to be more wary as well - especially during the runout stage of the tide through the mornings when there will be lots of water and tidal movement.

If swimming, the best conditions will be found in the early mornings and then again from mid-to-late 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

Weekdays - 9am-5pm at Kellys Beach and Agnes Water ONLY

Tomorrow - 9am-5pm at Kellys Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach and Agnes Water; 1-5pm at Elliott Heads and Moore Park

Sunday - 9am-5pm at Elliott Heads, Kellys Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park and Agnes Water

SURFING

Local beaches have been receiving plenty of fun-sized, but sloppy waves through this whole past week and these conditions look set to continue across the next few days as well.

Wave quality is not great, but wave heights should remain around the ½ to ¾ meter size range.

Hit the beaches early or again through the late afternoons for better results with beaches such as Nielson Park and Mon Repos being the better options locally, while Agnes Water Point may produce some cleaner waves as the tide drops a little. Good luck.

EVENTS

Bargara Beach Bash beach volleyball competition is in tomorrow and Sunday at Nielson Park Beach.



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