Dangerous surf to continue through Sydney, Wollongong and Byron Bay
Residents of New South Wales are being warned to stay clear of the waves as conditions remain dangerous after the state’s coastline was hammered by huge waves, high winds and freezing temperatures during the night.
A low pressure system sitting off the coast of New Zealand has wreaked havoc along the NSW coast with a buoy near Coffs Harbor recording wave heights of over 10 meters last night.
Another buoy measured an 8.5m wave off Sydney.
The low pressure system near New Zealand produced strong winds and a large southerly swell.
On Sunday, the Bureau of Meteorology said conditions were improving, but a severe weather warning was reissued for wave damage.
There is also a strong coastal wind warning in place for the coasts of Byron Bay, Coffs Harbor, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Region, Sydney and Illawarra.
“Conditions are improving and the surf is expected to drop below the damage threshold, but will remain dangerous until Tuesday,” duty meteorologist Helen Kirkup told NCA NewsWire.
A Bureau statement said wave heights could still reach over 4m.
“Damaging waves, with significant wave heights greater than 4 meters, can cause coastal erosion,” the warning reads.
“The parts of the coast facing south and southeast are the most exposed. Beach conditions can be dangerous and people should stay away from waves and exposed areas. “
The Bureau warned against rock fishing, boating and swimming this week in Ballina, Yamba, Coffs Harbor, Port Macquarie, Old Bar, Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong.
People should avoid going in the water and walking near areas exposed to surfing.
“We urge the people of New South Wales, if they want to swim, to swim only on supervised beaches, as these huge swells move a lot of sand and create rips and trenches in the sand which are dangerous,” he said. Mrs Kirkup said.