Wild surf along the coast at Ballina. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Wild surf along the coast at Ballina. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

WARNING: Wild surf predicted along the coast for Sunday

UPDATE: SWIMMERS, surfers, and rockfishers looking to take a break from the clean-up of last week by hitting the water are urged to be vigilant with powerful surf conditions expected to hit the NSW coastline from tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a dangerous surf warning for the coastline between Jervis Bay in the state's south through to the Queensland border.

Swells are expected to increase in intensity throughout the early hours of Sunday peaking at over 3 metres along much of the coast by mid-morning.

Conditions are likely to remain challenging throughout the remainder of the day with the large southerly swell expected to ease into Monday.

Along with the strong swells that have been forecast, rock fishers in particular need to be aware that a long period swell of between 10-12 seconds is expected.

After a suspected drowning at Bondi Beach earlier this week, lifesaving manager Andy Kent has again reminded the public that there are no volunteer lifesavers on patrol during winter and is urging those heading to the beach to visit beachsafe.org.au to find a beach that is patrolled by Council Lifeguards.

"The public needs to be aware that while our callout teams are ready to respond to coastal emergencies, we strongly advise people to think carefully before entering the water."

Mr Kent said there are a number of ways people can protect themselves while enjoying coastal activities during winter and urges the public to not overestimate their abilities or underestimate the conditions.

"The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are.

"Once you get to beach if you have any doubt about your abilities in the conditions it is best not to go out. As we saw last week conditions can change extremely quickly, and the ocean needs to be respected," he concluded.

A number of beaches will remain patrolled around NSW throughout the winter months by Council Lifeguards. Please see www.beachsafe.org.au for a full list of these patrolled locations. Volunteer lifesavers will return for the commencement of the 2016/17 season from Saturday September 24.

INITIAL: HOPE you made the most of your Saturday as there is a strong wind warning in place for the Byron coast tomorrow and possible showers, predicted from tomorrow until the end of the week.

That's the gloomy forecast but at least the weather bureau is not predicting another East Coast Low like we endured this time last week.

Winds are expected to pick up off the Byron coast tomorrow up to about 33 knots.

Possible showers are predicted Sunday across for most of the forecast district and then showers or possible showers until at least Friday.

More broadly the bureau is predicting the Northern Rivers has a 75% chance of having higher than usual rainfall this winter.

No doubt the East Coast Low that buffeted the region this time last week would have helped those predictions become a reality.

This time last week the coast was being hit by wind gusts of up to 100km/h and rain had already started falling heavily.

Let's hope there is not a repeat for some time to come.



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