Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rainbow Beach Pick of the Spots as Big Swell Hits

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rainbow Beach Pick of the Spots as Big Swell Hits

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

ALMOST flat conditions along Sunshine Coast beaches may be about to transform with the surf expected to get a lot bigger with the potential to reach massive proportions early in the new week if a combination of factors play out.

The first influence will come from strong south-easterly winds with Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Sean Fitzgerald predicting they would continue in the 20-30kmh range for the next seven days.

A low pressure system off Vanuatu yesterday developed into category one Cyclone Donna, which has swell-generating potential for this region, but which won't otherwise impact on Queensland.

The US Navy Weather Service is monitoring a series of four low pressure systems which could begin producing waves to 24 feet (7.3 metres) at its centre north of New Zealand and pushing 9-12 feet (2.7-3.6m) surf on to Sunshine Coast beaches by next Tuesday.

The forecasting has a certainty of around 35% at this point and will either firm or weaken over the coming days. …

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