Hazardous surf predicted for this weekend

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a hazardous surf warning for this weekend.

Hazardous conditions are expected for coastal activities, such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing along Newcastle’s coastline from today until Sunday.

Numerous accessways to Stockton Beach will remain closed over the weekend with the possibility of further coastal erosion in Stockton due to the impact of the weather.

King Street and Little Beach access is likely to remain open but conditions will be monitored and access may change.

City of Newcastle has encouraged locals to stay safe when moving around coastal areas.

The council urges all beach-goers to adhere to warning signs. Coastal erosion can change beach conditions dramatically and quickly and can lead to sand cliff collapses without warning.

NSW State Operations Manager at Surf Life Saving NSW, Andrew Ugarte, said that conditions on parts of the state’s coastline were already very dangerous.

“We urge members of the public to exercise extreme caution on the NSW coastline today and across the weekend and not to engage in risky coastal activities,” he said.

“If people put themselves in danger in these extreme conditions, there’s a real chance that lifesavers will not be able to save them, or at the very least, risk their own lives in doing so.”

With swells up to four metres forecast in some locations and gale-force winds, there is a threat of coastal inundation, erosion and flooding in low-lying areas.

The high winds and large surf conditions mean most beaches and rock platforms in particular will be treacherous.

“The forecast weather pattern will produce high winds, damaging surf with significant wave height and substantial rainfall in some areas,” Mr Ugarte added.

“It will create extremely dangerous conditions for swimmers, surfers, rock fishers and boaters.”

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.
* 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.