Five metre surf, 100km/h gusts predicted for weekend

Gale winds and waves of up to five meters will hit a large part of the state’s coast on Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.

The warning applies from Crescent Head in the middle of the north coast to Eden on the state’s southern border. These areas could see local damage and coastal erosion, the bureau said.

Bodyboarders tackle the huge swell near Shelley Beach on the northern shores on FridayCredit:Nick Moir

“Beach conditions, especially along exposed beaches facing south, can be dangerous and people should stay far away from surf and surf-exposed areas,” it said in a statement released early Saturday.

“Places that may be affected include Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong and Batemans Bay.”

The agency has issued a storm warning for Sydney, Hunter Coast, Macquarie Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast, and a strong marine wind warning for closed Sydney waters.

Growing waves at Dee Why.  A combination of rain, strong winds and large swells hit the NSW coast.

Growing waves at Dee Why. A combination of rain, strong winds and large swells hit the NSW coast.Credit:Nick Moir

The agency has also issued a separate warning to communities between Kurnell near Sydney Airport to Narooma on the state’s south coast about likely winds of 55-60 km / h, with gusts up to 100 km / h.

Snowy Mountains can expect similar harmful winds.

“Heavy rainfall that could lead to rapid flooding is expected to develop over parts of the south coast and Snowy Mountains on Saturday night and continue until Sunday. Precipitation amounts between 50 and 90 mm per six hours are possible,” the bureau said.

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