Powerful surf prompts safety warning

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is urging beachgoers to exercise caution in the water, with powerful conditions forecast across the next 24 to 48 hours.

SLSQ operations support coordinator Jason Argent encouraged all swimmers to put safety first this week with increased swells likely to impact beaches across South East Queensland.

“We’re expecting some unpredictable and potentially powerful surf over the next two to three days, particularly on the more exposed beaches across the South East,” Mr Argent said.

“The forecast conditions are quite unusual for this time of the year and if you are heading to the beach for a swim, it’s really important to be cautious and put safety first at all times.

“Only swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags, and try to have a chat to the lifeguards on duty about any localised conditions before entering the water,” he said.

Bureau of Meteorology Senior forecaster Rick Threlfall said large, long-period swells could be expected tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday for exposed beaches from Fraser Island extending south, including the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and entire New South Wales coast.

“A strong low pressure system near New Zealand is driving these conditions, with east to south-easterly swells to reach around 1.5 metres inshore, and southerly swells may reach around 2.5 metres well offshore,” said Mr Threlfall.

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