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SLSQ’s weekend beach forecast

Heading to the beach this weekend? Surf lifesavers will be out in force to watch over and protect all swimmers. But, to ensure you remember your trip to the beach for all the right reasons, we ask that you swim only at patrolled locations and between the red and yellow flags.

You can get localised and extensive safety information on Queensland beaches online at http://beachsafe.org.au/

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Moderate east to north-easterly winds, hovering around 10 knots, are forecast across the Gold Coast on Saturday, before increasing slightly in strength to approximately 10-15 knots leading into the afternoon and early evening. A south-easterly swell, of approximately 1-1.5m, is forecast to hold steady across the day. The weather is shaping up to be a partly cloudy day, but with minimal rain forecast at this stage. It will be a high of 25 and a low of 15 degrees, with a very high UV rating between 11am-2pm, so remember to cover up and protect yourself from the sun. High tides: 10:59am, 11:21pm. Low tides: 4:11am, 5:29pm.

On Sunday, north to norther-easterly winds, around 10 knots, are forecast across the morning before increasing to 15-20 knots in the afternoon. A south-easterly swell, below 1m, is forecast with seas to hover around 1m before increasing to 1-2m throughout the afternoon and early evening. It’s likely to be another cloudy day, with temperatures hovering between 15-26 degrees. The UV rating will be very high between 10am-2pm. High tide: 11:51am. Low tides: 4:58am, 6:29pm.

Always remember to swim between the flags, and have a chat to the lifesavers on duty about any localised conditions before entering the water.

Sunshine Coast

Moderate north-easterly winds are forecast across Saturday, hovering between 10-15 knots. A south-easterly swell, around 1m, is forecast across the day with seas also set to hover around 1m. It’s shaping up to be a partly cloudy day, but with no rain forecast at this stage. It will be a high of 26 and a low of 15 degrees, with a very high UV rating between 10am-2pm. High tides: 10:36am, 10:49pm. Low tides: 4:02am, 5:12pm.

North-easterly winds, around 10-15 knots, are once again forecast on Sunday before shifting to northerly and increasing in strength to approximately 15-20 knots in the evening. A south-easterly swell, of less than 1m, is forecast across the day with seas holding steady at 1m before increasing to 1-1.5m across the afternoon. It’s likely to be another cloudy day, with a top temperature of 26 degrees and a low of 15. There will be a very high UV rating between 12pm-1pm. High tides: 11:25am, 11:42pm. Low tides: 4:46am, 6:14pm.

If you’re heading to the beach, remember to swim only at patrolled locations and between the red and yellow flags.

Wide Bay Capricorn

Moderate to strong easterly winds are forecast across Saturday, hovering consistently between 15-20 knots across the day. A south-easterly swell, around 1m, is forecast in southern waters, with seas also hovering around 1m and increasing to 1-1.5m north of Cape Capricorn. It’s looking like it will be a partly cloudy day, with a 30% chance of showers. Temperatures will reach a likely top of 27, with a minimum of 20 degrees. There will be a high UV rating between 10am-2:30pm. High tides: 11:40am. Low tides: 5:14am, 5:59pm.

Similar conditions are forecast on Sunday, with moderate easterly winds, hovering around 10-15 knots, before turning north-easterly during the evening. A south-easterly swell, below 1m, is forecast with seas forecast to hover between 1-1.5m. It’s another partly cloudy day, with a 20% chance of showers. A maximum of 28 degrees is forecast, with a low of 19. The UV rating will be very high between 10am-2:00pm, and extreme between 11am-1pm. High tides: 12:05am, 12:34pm. Low tides: 5:59am, 6:55pm.

The best swimming conditions are likely to be found from mid-morning to early afternoon to coincide with the high tide times. The best beaches for a swim will be Agnes Water and Nielson Park, while Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads will offer good conditions on Saturday afternoon and into Sunday.

If you are heading to the beach, remember to only swim at patrolled locations and between the red and yellow flags.

North Barrier (including Mackay)

Moderate to strong easterly winds are forecast across Saturday, hovering between 15-20 knots. An east to north-easterly swell, below 1m, is also forecast along the coastline. Seas will hover around 1m, and increase to 1-1.5m offshore. It’s shaping up to be a cloudy day, with a 60% chance of showers forecast, and the chance of a thunderstorm inshore from the late morning onwards. A maximum temperature of 30 degrees is forecast, with a minimum of 22. The UV rating will be high between 1pm-3pm. High tide: 12.07pm. Low tides: 5:36am, 7:33pm.

Similar conditions are forecast on Sunday, with easterly winds expected across the day, hovering around 15-20 knots. Swell will drop to half-a-metre, with seas holding steady at 1m and increasing to 1-1.5m offshore. It will be another partly cloudy day, with a 30% chance of showers. A maximum temperature of 30 degrees is forecast, with a minimum of 22. The UV rating will be high between 11am-3pm. High tides: 12:09am, 1:37pm. Low tides: 7:03am, 9:16pm.

Remember to swim at patrolled locations only and always with a friend where possible.

North Queensland

East to south-easterly winds, around 10-15 knots, are forecast across Saturday. An easterly swell, below 1m, is also expected with seas holding steady around 1m and increasing to 1-1.5m north of Cairns. It’s shaping up to be a partly cloudy day with a 30% chance of showers. Temperatures will reach a maximum of 30 degrees and a minimum of 21. The UV rating is very high between 10:30am-2:30pm, and extreme 11am-1:30pm. Low tides: 5:18am, 6:53pm. High tide: 12:21pm.

Similar conditions are forecast on Sunday, with east to south-easterly winds, around 10-15 knots, once again forecast. An easterly swell of around 1m is expected outside of the reef, with seas around 1m and increasing to 1-1.5m outside of the reef. Another partly cloudy day is expected, with a 40% chance of showers. Temperatures will reach a maximum of 30 degrees and a minimum of 21. The UV rating is very high between 10am-3pm and extreme between 11am-1:30pm. Low tides: 6:24am, 10:06pm. High tides: 12:17am, 1:55pm.

Authorities have commenced rolling out marine stinger nets, and swimmers are urged to protect themselves by swimming only within the enclosures and by wearing lycra suits.

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