Strong Surf Forecast For NSW Coast

Powerful conditions forecast for off the NSW Coastline have 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 is in place from tomorrow for New South Wales in waters between the Victorian border and the Mid North Coast.

The southerly swell will begin building up on Monday evening and is predicted to peak at around 3.5 metres in some areas on Tuesday.

Conditions are forecast to be larger and stronger offshore with powerful winds expected to have an impact.

Southern facing beaches are likely to encounter the worst of the conditions as the swell travels up the coast with beach closures to be determined on a case by case basis. It is expected that these deceptively powerful surf conditions will continue until at least Wednesday before gradually easing.

The warning is timely particularly given the commencement of the school holidays this week, and the beach still an attractive option thanks to the warmer weather.

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 also urged all beachgoers not to take any unnecessary risks especially as volunteer surf lifesavers aren’t on patrol on weekdays.

“The drownings that we have seen over summer reinforce the importance of swimming at a patrolled location and we strongly encourage everyone thinking about engaging in an activity on or around the coast to make that extra effort and go where lifeguards are.”

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

Mon 10 Apr 2017