Dangerous surf warning issued for NSW coast

SURF Life Saving NSW is urging beachgoers to exercise caution this weekend after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a state-wide warning for a strong swell along the coast for Saturday.

A peak south-easterly swell of up to 2.5 metres is expected, but this is expected to decrease throughout the day.

Rock fisherman and those taking coastal walks in close proximity to the water's edge are advised that the swell period - the period it takes for a cycle of waves to be completed - could be as high as 15 seconds along the coast.

It is this swell period that has prompted the bureau's warning, as it could make conditions unpredictable.

NSW Life Saving Manager Andy Kent said he was anticipating a busy weekend for the state's patrolling lifesavers.

"The wet weather across New South Wales did result in a number of beach closures throughout the week, but now that it feels like summer has resumed we're expecting an increase in people heading to the beach especially considering the fact that we are still very much in the school holiday period," he said.

"We are anticipating the swell to decrease steadily throughout Saturday but we do urge everyone to take these warnings seriously.

"The best piece of advice that we can give to people is to swim between the flags and to really take the time to assess the conditions before heading out. The ocean is a dynamic environment that needs to be respected."



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