Cold front brings conditions to avoid the water, but not for some as weather brings surf warnings across NSW

DIVING IN: A pair of swimmers at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Sunday with a rainbow falling over the horizon. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
DIVING IN: A pair of swimmers at Newcastle Ocean Baths on Sunday with a rainbow falling over the horizon. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The weekend brought a pre-winter chill that had almost everyone searching their wardrobe for those few extra layers, but some were prepared to brave the water in Newcastle on Sunday. 

With sea conditions rough along the NSW coastline, ocean baths appeared most suitable for a dip – which at least two men used at Newcastle on Sunday while a rainbow cast over the horizon.

At Nobbys, air temperatures peaked at about 18 degrees mid-Sunday, while the water registered just a little warmer at 21 degrees. 

Forecasters had predicted big surf for the region’s beaches over the weekend, and swells of 3-4 metres were expected across Sunday and Monday. 

A Bureau of Meteorology hazardous surf warning advised of large and powerful surf conditions with coastal activities such as recreational boating, swimming and rock fishing deemed hazardous.

On the water, marine wind warnings were in place along the NSW coast. A gale-force warning was in place on Sunday for the Hunter coast, and the rating actually stretched from Eden to Seal Rocks.

That was expected to be followed by a strong wind warning on Monday for majority of the NSW coastline, including the Hunter.

Despite the cold weather at the weekend, there had been little rainfall – if any – across most of the Hunter.

Although, showers were expected overnight on Sunday in the Lower Hunter.

A low-pressure system in the western part of the Tasman Sea is expected to lose influence on Monday as it moves east, allowing an approaching high to become dominant on Tuesday and across the working week.

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