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Cyclone Oma: Dangerous surf conditions forecast this week

  • A significant easterly swell and 4-6m waves are expected later this week, resulting in dangerous surf conditions
  • Beachgoers advised to adhere to all beach closures and stay out of water
  • Always follow the advice of lifeguards and beach safety signage

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is advising beachgoers to stay out of the water this week, with dangerous surf conditions predicted from Fraser Island down to Coolangatta.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting that a significant easterly swell generated by Tropical Cyclone Oma will develop over Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast from Wednesday.

SLSQ Lifesaving Operations Coordinator Jason Argent warned of waves ranging from four to six metres down the coast from Fraser to the Queensland border.

“Powerful conditions will make the ocean challenging, even for experienced swimmers or surfers,” Mr Argent said.

“Beach closures are likely to occur down the coast. Adhere to all safety messaging and talk to your local lifeguard if you’re uncertain about conditions and would like further advice.

“While it is likely to be sunny and that would normally be conducive to a day at the beach, if the red and yellow flags aren’t up, head to your local pool instead.”

Mr Argent said conditions were likely to peak on Friday and continue over the weekend.

“Even if you aren’t planning on going in the water, you’ll need to remain vigilant as beach erosion and costal inundation is anticipated due to the significant wave heights. Abnormally high tides are also expected,” he said.

“Spring tides generally involve the greatest movement of water – which means our lifeguards and lifesavers are kept very busy as more swimmers find themselves in dangerous situations.

“Conditions can be much worse than they look. If a beach has been closed, it has been assessed as unsafe and you should not go in the water.

“By entering the water you are not only putting your life at risk, but the potentially that of others who may be required to rescue you.”

SLSQ will continue to provide updates on surf conditions throughout the week.

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