South coast beachgoers are being warned to exercise caution this weekend as strong winds and dangerous surf combine to create potentially hazardous conditions.
Surf Life Saving NSW said it will be a dangerous weekend on coastal waters everywhere north of Ulladulla and is cautioning people to be “vigilant and safe”.
Although it is the NSW North Coast and Far North Coast beaches which will feel the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Oma, the south coast will be affected by a separate system with a strong series of wind pulses in the south Tasman Sea.
“These are expected to bring solid southeast swell to the coast on Saturday afternoon, Sunday and into next week,” warned SLSNSW.
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A spokesperson for SLSNSW said that south coast beach conditions will be particularly bad on Saturday when big waves will combine with strong winds.
She said that waves are expected to be between three and six feet high, with winds of 20-30 knots.
The spokesperson said that some southern protected corners may be okay for beachgoers but people will need to be cautious at any of the beaches facing south.
SLSNSW has provided the following safety tips to follow during hazardous surf conditions:
- Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
- Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags. See the Beachsafe Website 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