An image of Shelly Beach contributed by Kat Harrison in February for Photo of the Day.
An image of Shelly Beach contributed by Kat Harrison in February for Photo of the Day. Kat Harrison

Thunderstorms? Floods? No, we're in for a nice(ish) weekend

IT'S a bit blowy on the coast, but apart from the odd shower, the Northern Rivers has nothing to fear from the storms lashing Sydney, and the Hunter and Illawarra districts.

A severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology warns our (distant) southern neighbours are in for a shocker of a day with damaging winds, thunderstorms, and flash flooding.

By contrast, we on the Northern Rivers can enjoy a relatively pleasant Friday with a few clouds and a small chance of a shower at some point.

If you're thinking about heading out in a boat you might want to think again. There is a strong wind warning in place for the Byron and Coffs coasts, expected to increase to a gale warning by tomorrow. The rest of the region will enjoy a relatively gentle breeze of between 15km/h and 25km/h.

Tomorrow's not looking quite so great. The chance of showers will increase to an even 50% along the coast, remaining 30% inland. Even so, if it's going to rain on the coast, tomorrow's probably the right time.

Powerful surf is tipped to make our beaches a bit on the hazardous side and it's generally suggested you avoid rock fishing, swimming at the beach or surfing.

If you want to hit the waves, wait until Sunday and go for it. Temperatures won't get far past 20, but the water's warm(ish) and we've got a slightly better than even chance of a rain-free day.

Forecast for today

  • Byron Bay  Shower or two - 20
  • Lismore  Possible shower - 21
  • Grafton  Partly cloudy - 22
  • Ballina  Shower or two - 21
  • Tweed Heads  Shower or two - 21


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