Rough Seas Forecast For NSW Coast

Surf Life Saving NSW urges all coastal users to take care this weekend after the emergence of a second low pressure system off the NSW coast in as many weeks prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a dangerous surf warning.

The low pressure system is expected to form near the southern border of Queensland and NSW bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds as it travels south over the next few days.

South-Easterly swells with a peak of around 3 metres are expected along coasts throughout the Northern NSW coastline by Friday afternoon, with seas of the same size forecast for the central and southern parts of the state forecast for Saturday.

Conditions are expected to gradually ease throughout the weekend with the large swells anticipated to drop by Monday.

While the warning is mainly concentrated on the area between the Far North Coast and Illawarra, coastal users in the southern parts of the state are urged to still keep an eye on conditions.

Extra care should also be taken by boat skippers crossing coastal bars, rockfishers, swimmers and surfers.

With the official patrolling season for volunteer lifesavers ending last weekend, NSW Life Saving Manger Andy Kent has urged coastal users to take extra time to assess the conditions before heading out.

“Please take the time to check the latest forecast before leaving home as we have seen over recent weeks the weather can change rapidly especially along the coast.

“While we would advise against rockfishing over the next few days due to the dangerous surf warning, if you do choose to go out we encourage you to take precautions such as letting family or friends know your plans and always wear a lifejacket,” Mr Kent said.

“There will be surf life saving assets in place throughout the off-season to respond to coastal emergencies as needed as lifesaving is a year round task. A limited number of beaches will still be patrolled by council lifeguards throughout winter with a full list available on the Beachsafe website.

“Spending time at the beach is still very popular throughout the colder months, and we encourage the public to take heed of the dangerous surf warnings whenever they are issued,” he concluded.

Check the Beachsafe Website for up-to-date beach information including patrol times.

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.
  • 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.
  • See the Beachsafe Website patrolled locations/times and rock fishing safety information.
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police.

Fri 1 May 2015