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Wild weather to hit Newcastle and the Hunter

Residents across the Hunter are set to experience wild weather this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a hazardous surf and wind warning for much of the NSW coast. 

A low pressure system over the Tasman Sea is set to create blustery winds and heavy seas that are forecast to impact from late today (Monday 13 July) through to at least Wednesday 15 July.

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Winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible over the coastal fringe of the Hunter tomorrow.

The conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, surfing and swimming.

Residents have been urged to stay out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas. Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.

Director of Lifesaving at Surf Life Saving NSW, Joel Wiseman, said that conditions along the coast will be very dangerous for the next few days.

“During this extreme weather event we urge members of the public to stay away from the coastline and not to engage in risky coastal activities,” he said.

“If people put themselves in danger in these extreme conditions, there’s a real possibility that lifesavers will not be able to save them.”

With sea swells up to four metres forecast, heavy rain and damaging winds in some locations, there is a chance of coastal inundation, erosion and flooding in low-lying areas. 

In addition to strong wind and high sea swell, the Bureau of Meteorology has also forecast significant rainfall which may impact water quality at many NSW beaches this week.

Mr Wiseman urged the public to take extreme caution if they are visiting coastal areas.

“The forecast low pressure system will produce high winds, damaging surf with significant wave height and substantial rainfall,” he said.

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

For more information visit the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.

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