Powerful swell hits Mid North Coast beaches

There is a big swell warning for the Mid North Coast. Photo: @sunriseswimmers
There is a big swell warning for the Mid North Coast. Photo: @sunriseswimmers

A developing weather system off the NSW coastline has prompted surf lifesavers and the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning for all Hastings beachgoers to exercise caution when entering the water over the next few days.

A dangerous surf warning due to a low pressure system off the central NSW coast is in place. Surf conditions are expected to build from Friday and throughout the weekend .

Dangerous surf conditions are forecast for all regions between Newcastle and Tweed Heads for Saturday, March 18.

Swells are predicted to peak at around 4-5 metres in some areas, but are forecast to be larger offshore.

Southern facing beaches will bear the brunt of the strong conditions on Friday as the southerly swell moves up the coast.

NSW Operations Manager Andy Kent has urged the public to take the warnings seriously.

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are,” Mr Kent said.

Mr Kent urged all beachgoers to be aware of the hazardous conditions, along with rock fishers and boaties.

“We strongly encourage everyone thinking about engaging in an activity on or around the coast to only swim at a patrolled location where lifeguards and lifesavers are on duty.

“With the strong winds and more heavy rain forecast, it might be safer to give the beach a miss this weekend.”