With a large southerly swell predicted to make its way up the coastline overnight and into Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Hazardous Surf Warning for beachgoers heading to the coast this weekend.
Surf Life Saving NSW is urging the public to exercise caution, particularly those in the south, right up to the Central Coast.
Consistent high tides of as much a 5 metres are expected on the Far South Coast, while regions including the Central Coast can expect 3.5 – 4 metre swell offshore.
It is anticipated that these conditions could be felt all the way up to the Queensland border in some capacity, impacting open and exposed beaches and headlands.
Patchy rain and moderate wind gusts are expected across the weekend.
SLSNSW CEO, Steve Pearce is urging the public to be mindful of the conditions if they are visiting the coast.
“Given the conditions we are expecting, I would strongly urge people to consider their limitations and avoid taking unnecessary risks in and around the water,” he said.
“There is also the potential for storm debris to make its way into our oceans from overflowing rivers. Water quality could be poor in places, creating an additional hazard to the already large surf along the coast.
“Many beaches may be closed due to the conditions and we encourage all coastal users to check BeachSafe to find your nearest patrolled location.”
HAZARDOUS SURF CONDITIONS SAFETY TIPS
- Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
- Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags. See the Beachsafe Website 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 (000) – Police
Friday 10 December 2021