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Huge swells can be both fun and dangerous. Photo Sean O’Shea.

There’s nothing surfers love more than the news of a big swell on the way, but the tragic news is, since 1 July 2018, 37 people have drowned on the NSW coastline.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a serious hazardous surf warning to affect the entire NSW coastline this week.

Dangerous surf conditions have been forecast to continue across the NSW coast from Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 June.

The expected extra-large southerly swell combined with very strong winds means most beaches and rock platforms will be extremely treacherous this week.

BoM has issued a Strong Wind Warning for the Byron Coast and Coffs Coast.

Monday 3 June

Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Byron Coast with a southwesterly about 10 knots tending westerly 10 to 15 knots before dawn then increasing to 15 to 25 knots in the evening. Winds reaching up to 30 knots south of Cape Byron in the late evening.
Seas 1 to 2 metres.
Swell Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.

Tuesday 4 June

Wind – West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots tending south to southwesterly 25 to 40 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres south of Cape Byron by early evening.
Swell southerly 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres later in the evening.
Weather Mostly sunny. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the evening.
Caution – Surf conditions in the evening may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Wednesday 5 June

Winds Southerly 25 to 35 knots decreasing to 20 to 25 knots during the evening.
Seas 2 to 4 metres.
First swell – southerly 2 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Second swell – east to southeasterly 1 to 2 metres.
Weather – Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

Download the Beachsafe App

SLSNSW recommends the public visit beachsafe.org.au or download the Beachsafe App, to find patrolled locations and current beach conditions across the state before heading to the beach.

Hazardous Surf Conditions Safety Tips

•Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves

•Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See the Beachsafe Website for patrolled locations/times      

•Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities 

•Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket 

•If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

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