Swell Forecast to Increase Along NSW Coast

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging coastal water users to be aware that a dangerous surf warning is in place after increasing wind speeds and an off-shore swell expected to last for at least 24 hours prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue an alert.

The warning has been triggered by a high pressure system off the coast that is slowly making its way north towards the NSW-Queensland border.

The winds are expected to strengthen throughout Monday with a southerly swell of between 2-3 metres offshore. A peak swell is expected along the Northern NSW coastline at around midnight on Monday.

South facing beaches and open rock platforms are most likely to be exposed to the conditions, and people who are undertaking coastal activities in these areas are advised to exercise caution.

Strong winds and a southerly off-shore swell have been forecast to continue into Tuesday, but it is expected to weaken later into the week.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent said that those thinking of taking a boat out onto the water should be aware of the changing wind conditions.

“We don’t anticipate the surf to be as strong as it has been in recent weeks, but it is expected that south-facing beaches and headlands will be affected.”

“However these conditions have passed a threshold for a warning to be issued, and we would encourage everyone to be alert to their environment,” Mr Kent said.

Volunteer patrols finished in April, however Surf Life Saving assets are on stand-by to respond to coastal emergencies if required.

A limited number of beaches will be patrolled throughout the winter months by council lifeguards, please check the Beachsafe Website for a list of patrolled beaches, up-to-date beach information and safety tips.

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.

Mon 1 Jun 2015