Illawarra Newsroom

Illawarra - Severe Weather Warning


A deep and complex low pressure system is bringing large southerly surf to exposed parts of the New South Wales coastline. This low is expected to linger in the region over the next few days before slowly moving away to the east.

DAMAGING SURF CONDITIONS, with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone, are likely for exposed coastal areas of the South Coast, Illawarra and Sydney Metropolitan districts during Saturday. These conditions will then extend into the Central Coast and Hunter coastline by Sunday while easing for coastal areas along the South Coast.

These conditions may produce localised damage and coastal erosion to these areas. Coastal areas exposed to a southerly swell will be most susceptible. Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

A separate warning for Hazardous Surf Conditions is also current for much of the New South Wales coast.

Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Seal Rocks, Nelson Bay, The Entrance, Bulli, Port Kembla, Kiama and Ulladulla.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEST Saturday.