Powerful Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

A developing weather system off the NSW coastline has prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for all beachgoers to exercise caution when entering the water over the next few days.

A dangerous surf warning due to a low pressure system off the central NSW coast is in place. Surf conditions are expected to build from today and throughout the weekend from the Sydney region through to Northern NSW.

Dangerous surf conditions are forecast from Port Hacking to Seal Rocks from this afternoon, shifting to between Newcastle and Tweed Heads for Saturday.

Swells are predicted to peak at around 4-5 metres in some areas, but are forecast to be larger offshore.

Southern facing beaches will bear the brunt of the strong conditions on Friday as the southerly swell moves up the coast.

The warning is a timely reminder of ocean hazards following the drowning death of a rock fisherman last weekend at Blue Fish Point, Manly.

NSW Operations Manager Andy Kent has urged the public to take the warnings seriously.

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are,” Mr Kent said.

Mr Kent urged all beachgoers to be aware of the hazardous conditions, along with rock fishers and boaties.

“We strongly encourage everyone thinking about engaging in an activity on or around the coast to only swim at a patrolled location where lifeguards and lifesavers are on duty.

“With the strong winds and more heavy rain forecast, it might be safer to give the beach a miss this weekend.”

General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions:

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. Seewww.beachsafe.org.au for patrolled locations/times
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

Useful Links:

BeachSafe Website - www.beachsafe.org.au
Bureau of Meteorology - www.bom.gov.au/nsw
Marine Rescue NSW - www.marinerescuensw.com.au/boating-safety

Fri 17 Mar 2017