Dangerous surf as low pressure system stirs up

SURF Life Saving NSW have warned locals of dangerous surf conditions over the next few days.

A developing low pressure system off the NSW Coast has prompted lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning to swimmers, surfers, rock fishers, and boat users with powerful surf and strong winds expected for the remainder of the week.

Beaches from as far south as Ulladulla through to the Tweed are bracing for the wintery conditions.

A strong southerly swell will intensify throughout Wednesday with peaks of up to 4m expected along the coast by the afternoon.

Conditions look likely to strengthen with a forecast peak of around 5m a possibility in Northern NSW on Thursday.

The system is expected to last for at least the next few days with these powerful conditions expected to continue until at least Friday with swells of around 3 metres predicted.

A long swell period of between up to 13 seconds has been forecast for the entire NSW coastline with rock fishers in particular urged to be aware of deceptive conditions especially when getting onto and off exposed platforms.

NSW Lifesaving Officer Shaun Hudson has implored beach goers not to take unnecessary risks.

"The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions," Mr Hudson said.

"Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are.

"Weather forecasts are continually updated and it's important to make sure you are aware of the best possible information.

"Please if you're going fishing or out on a boat make sure you always wear a lifejacket, and never turn your back on the ocean.

"These conditions probably won't be as bad as the East Coast Low which saw major erosion back in early June, but it is winter and these conditions certainly have the potential to be powerful."

General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions:

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See www.beachsafe.org.au 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 - Police