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A wet weekend for the NSW coast… not on your nelly!

Sam Terry, Saturday January 9, 2016 - 12:37 EDT

After what has been a very, very wet week Sydney-siders, and indeed most of the NSW coast, can expect to just relax and enjoy the pleasant weather.

Saturday has started off a little bit cloudy in Sydney, too cloudy for those hoping to simply bask in the vitamin-giving rays of the Sun. Yet thankfully there was no rain, a sweet relief after the city’s 142mm over four days. Temperatures are staying moderate, around 25 degrees along the coast and around 23 in the west (but climbing). These not-so-hot temperatures and the lack of sunshine may be a good thing, as beach conditions are unfavourable across most of Sydney's beaches today. There is still some lingering pollution after the rain at Coogee, Bronte and Little Bay, and swell is a little too dangerous for activities such as rock-fishing.

South of Nowra and north of Port Macquarie, skies are much clearer, which is probably a real gift to those still enjoying the school holidays. However, surf conditions right along the coast are deceptively powerful. For anyone keen for a swim at the beach, try north-facing beaches that are sheltered from the large southerly swell.

The good news is that surf conditions are set to ease along the NSW coast this afternoon and overnight, so beaches that are off-limits today will be better tomorrow. Sunday sunshine looks much better as well, with some brief cloudiness for the Illawarra, Sydney Basin and Hunter regions around the middle of the day, but that's all. Maximum temperatures along the coast will grade from 25 in Wollongong to 29 in Coffs Harbour, so Sunday will certainly be a day to grab some food and head on down to the picnic ground by the beach.

- Weatherzone

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