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Good beach weather, but watch for nasty visitors

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Good beach weather, but watch for nasty visitors


Aaron Purchase: we're in for some good beach weather, but watch for nasty visitors

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We look set for a warm and mostly sunny weekend after a run of stormy weather, but beachgoers may have to watch out for some nasty little visitors.

Saturday will bring only a chance of showers and the top temperature is expected to hit 30C, with Sunday predicted to be sunny with a top of 32C.

Strong north-easterly winds will be dominant across the weekend, particularly through the middle part of Saturday, and this is what will concern lifesavers and lifeguards most as they look to keep swimmers safe.

There will be choppy conditions and there’s a chance we may see some bluebottles washing ashore. If you do happen to be stung, head along to the patrol and they will look after you.

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Kings Beach at Caloundra will offer the most protection from the N to NE winds, while Noosa and Mooloolaba will likely see choppy conditions.

The surf is still quite small with less than half a metre across the Coast.

We’ll see low tides at 3:40pm and 4:20pm on Saturday and Sunday, so we will see the rips working their hardest in the three hours or so leading up to these times.

Enjoy the weekend and as always enjoy the beach and make sure you only swim between the red and yellow flags!

Fun road trip for nippers

This weekend many of our best young Lifesavers will descend on Rainbow Beach for the annual Rainbow Junior Carnival for our Under 8 to 15-year-old nippers.

It’s been a permeant fixture on the competition calendar since 1997 and is one of the most popular and well-attended events of the season.

Our neighbouring clubs from the Wide Bay-Capricorn branch also send many of their young lifesavers along to the carnival, which can attract upwards of 900 competitors.

These bright young nippers will show of their skills across of the lifesaving disciplines, including wade races, surf swim, board races and ironman and woman. Flags and sprint will round out the competitions on the sand.

While there’s the friendly rivalry, it’s always a great event with the opportunity for families to get away for the weekend and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Rainbow Beach.

Aaron Purchase is Surf Life Saving Queensland’s regional manager for the Sunshine Coast. His column in keeps the community informed of what’s happening on the beach and offers tips on how to stay safe.