2 October 2020

Pack the swimmers, it's heating up on the South Coast

| Kim Treasure
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Pack your swimmers this October long weekend. Photo: Kim Treasure.

If you are packing for the long weekend and you don’t mind the water a little brisk, throw in the swimmers for your South Coast sojourn.

The Bureau of Meteorology says holiday-makers can expect the mercury to hit 30 degrees in Batemans Bay on Saturday and Sunday, with a burst of rain to send you scurrying back home on Monday.

Ulladulla and Merimbula can look forward to temperatures hovering around 27 on the weekend, but on Monday it could drop as low as 19.

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For those of you choosing to holiday at home, you can expect plenty of sunshine and balmy conditions around the ACT. The top temperature should sit around 25 degrees, with showers coming through late on Monday.

BOM meteorologist Alex Majchrowski says we shouldn’t get too used to the warm weather though, with Canberra temperatures expected to drop back to the 17-degree mark from Tuesday through to next Thursday.

He also warns you may have to brace yourself for the first dip of the season – the water temperature is sitting in the 15 to 18-degree range.

“It does take a while to warm up,” Mr Majchrowski said.

Meanwhile, if you are planning on doing a little whale-watching or fishing, it may be best to stay land-based. A marine warning is expected to be in place on Sunday, with winds in excess of 26 knots.

“Even on Saturday the winds will be between 20 and 25 knots, so that will make it a bit bumpy out there,” Mr Majchrowski said.

If you are filling up before your get-away, be sure to shop around. Unleaded petrol prices in the ACT on Thursday ranged from a low of 115.9 cents per litre to 129 cents per litre.

In the Eurobodalla, prices ranged from 114.7 cents to 122.9 cents, with an average cost of 122 cents per litre for unleaded petrol over the three months to 28 September.

To check fuel prices, visit Fuel Check NSW or MotorMouth in the ACT.

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