A surfer eyes a building ramp on a dying easterly swell at Alexandra Headland on Thursday. Expect a bump of increased energy over the weekend before the swell again fades into the new week.
A surfer eyes a building ramp on a dying easterly swell at Alexandra Headland on Thursday. Expect a bump of increased energy over the weekend before the swell again fades into the new week. John McCutcheon

Weekend to bring momentary relief from easterly winds

AN INCREASING south-easterly change over the weekend is on track to bring some relief from the armadas of blue bottles that have swept Sunshine Coast beaches since early December.

Winds on Saturday should reach 37km/h over coastal waters as a new easterly swell looks set revitalise surf conditions which would be best on the region's point breaks over the next two days.

The south-easterly change may hopefully ease a stinger season that has had lifeguards and volunteer life savers run off their feet.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Chris Joseph said there were no significant systems on the horizon likely to disrupt what has been near-perfect Christmas school holiday weather.

South east winds will pick up throughout Saturday along with an easterly swell expected to reach 1.5 metres.

Expect Friday to reach a peak of 29C on a day that had light showers on the coastal fringe early in the day and easterlies to 20km/h.

Saturday and Sunday would also peak at 29C with a slight chance of a light shower on the coast and south easterlies which would be 20km/h over land and up to 37km/h over coastal waters.

The surf would be a case of catch it while you can with the pulse from ex-tropical cyclone Mona off Fiji unlikely to hang around and easterly winds set to return by Tuesday before swinging north east into Thursday.

Temperatures were expected to rise for the start of the new working week reaching 30C on Monday and Tuesday, then 31C on Wednesday and hitting 32C Thursday under the north-easterly influence.


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