Conditions were languid for surfers at The Bluff, Alexandra Headland at 8.30am but offered more grunt on the high tide on open beaches across the Sunshine Coast.
Conditions were languid for surfers at The Bluff, Alexandra Headland at 8.30am but offered more grunt on the high tide on open beaches across the Sunshine Coast. John McCutcheon

Weather locks in for perfect end to holiday break

EARLY rising surfers had a bite at offshore conditions this morning but they didn't last with predicted east, north-easterlies kicking in from around 8.30am.

The Bureau of Meteorologist has predicted stable conditions over the coming seven days with the Sunshine Coast set to enjoy a run of 30-32C temperatures.

Forecaster Harry Clark said it would be hot but nothing like the continuation of 40C plus days being experienced in western Queensland.

Surfers experienced a slight bump in surf size.

Maximum wave height was trending down but the swell period was trending upwards while the significant wave height at the Mooloolaba wave buoy was tending neutral at around 1.5m.

Mr Clark said the significant swell height would move downward to about a metre but would remain from the east, ensuring it retained some power.

Perfect conditions would persist over the coming seven days to the end of the holiday break according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Perfect conditions would persist over the coming seven days to the end of the holiday break according to the Bureau of Meteorology. John McCutcheon

He said a high off New Zealand in the Tasman Sea would be replaced by a similar system by Friday maintaining the regime of east, to south-easterly wind conditions. Winds would remain generally light and even the east north-easterly afternoon sea breezes were not likely to be strong.

There was no sustained south easterly change in sight.

For surfers the best chance of solid swell may come from another cyclone that in an El Nino-trending year was more likely to form around Fiji and remain well off the Queensland coast.

However no such system was currently showing up on any modelling.

Expect today to hit a temperature peak of 32C on a mostly-sunny day with only the slight chance of rain on the coast.

Mr Clark said any falls over the coming week would be isolated and consisted of nothing more than light showers.

The north-easterly sea breeze kicked in around 8.30am and would fade into the late afternoon.

Expect a slightly cooler 31C on Thursday with just the chance of a shower and light winds early again switching to the north east by the early afternoon before fading.

Friday's temperature would drop to 30C on another partly-cloudy day with light winds expected throughout.

Saturday would remain partly cloudy, with the daytime maximum increasing to 32C and with light winds. Sunday would deliver a repeat of those conditions, however, with the temperature dropping to 31C.

The region should see a south easterly change for the start of the new working week, but it wouldn't be either strong or sustained with light winds returning Tuesday.


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