Waiting for a wave? Here's how long you may have to wait

A flat Moffat Beach this morning Picture: Patrick Woods
A flat Moffat Beach this morning Picture: Patrick Woods

HUFF, puff, flat.

The swell is coming but anyone who woke this morning looking for waves with punch have been left disappointed.

Overnight south westerlies flattened the small pulse of swell that brought a late afternoon high tide shore break to several beaches for those with a keen eye for any opportunity.

Alex lifeguard Shane Bevan said further south Gold Coast beaches had been closed as a south easterly change slammed the glitter strip.

He expects we will see those conditions arrive here some time this afternoon ahead of a rising swell overnight.

Weather bureau forecaster Adam Blazak said the east coast low off Point Danger at the Queensland-NSW border had weakened into a trough and was heading seaward to the north east.

Winds will be strong from the south tomorrow morning with a strong wind warning for the entire Qld coast.

It would then turn south east and is expected to bring a deceptively powerful swell to Sunshine Coast beaches across the weekend.

Mr Blazak said waves would not be as big as expected but would be moving fast and would "pack quite a punch".

The swell will flow from a huge and intense low pressure system developing off Ulladulla on the NSW south coast.

Rain clouds are hanging off Redcliffe this morning and are coming this way.

Mr Blazak said showers could linger into Friday.

Topics:  bom east coast low swell

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