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The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting hazardous surf conditions today along the northern half of the coast and continuing into the weekend.

Large easterly swells are expected to cause damaging surf today, Friday, and impact coastal areas north of Wooli, resulting in an increased risk of widespread coastal erosion.

Exercise caution

Surf Life Saving NSW is urging the public to exercise caution when visiting the coastline.

An East Coast Low is expected to develop off the southeast Queensland coast and deepen during the day. This system is expected to increase the winds and waves along the northern half of the New South Wales coast, as well as bring widespread moderate rainfall.

It comes just a week after massive waves and widespread erosion brought severe damage to clubs, tore off ramps and roller doors and gouged out access ways onto many NSW beaches.

Consider staying out of the water

Conditions will be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming. People should consider staying out of the water. Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean.

SLSNSW Director of Lifesaving Joel Wiseman is urging the public to exercise caution if they are visiting the coast. ‘These conditions have the potential to cause high winds which can be dangerous for rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming,’ he said.

Not actively patrolling

‘Our resources are not actively patrolling until mid-September, and while the Far North Coast Branch has increased Support Operations in anticipation of the conditions, if you take a risk and find yourself in trouble there could be a delay in response in getting emergency services to the scene.

Mr Wiseman said people are strongly urged to check BeachSafe and understand your limitations if you do decide to take a risk.”

Forecast swell conditions could reach six metres offshore.

Surf Life Saving NSW club call-out teams, Duty Officers and surf rescue assets are on standby to respond to critical coastal incidents, despite it being off-season.

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