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Lifesavers call for caution as king tides roll in

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging beachgoers to exercise caution this week, with the arrival of king tides likely to cause unstable and unpredictable coastal conditions across South East Queensland.

A predicted tide peak of 2.77 metres is forecast at the Brisbane Bar at 10.10am on Tuesday and again on Wednesday at 10.51am. While not as severe, the Sunshine Coast (2.06m), Noosa (2.21m) and the Gold Coast (1.78m) are also likely to be impacted by the increased tidal movements.

SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill is urging beachgoers to be extra careful over the next few days, with the likes of Moreton, Stradbroke, Coochiemudlo and Bribie Islands in and around the Brisbane Bar likely to be the most impacted by the strong tidal movements.

“King tides can often create unstable and potentially dangerous conditions, so it’s important that beachgoers take extra care over the next few days,” he said.

“There’s likely to be huge amounts of water moving on South East Queensland beaches across the next 48 to 72 hours, which can lead to flash rips, strong currents and other unpredictable conditions.

“River and creek mouths are also likely to experience stronger than usual currents, and potentially unstable conditions, as a result of the tidal movements.

“It’s really important that people put safety first and only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags,” he said.

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