Environmental issues


Sydney ocean beaches




Wednesday 3 September 2014

Issued at 12:20 PM

Rainfall data has been used to predict the likelihood of bacterial contamination at Sydney's ocean beaches.

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Marine wind warning for gale winds for: Sydney Closed Waters, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.


Pollution is unlikely Pollution is unlikely, enjoy your swim!
Pollution is possible Pollution is possible, take care.
Pollution is likely Pollution is likely, avoid swimming today.
Update Updated information available.

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As a general precaution, swimming at Sydney's oceans beaches should be avoided for up to one day after heavy rainfall or for as long as stormwater is present. The most obvious signs of stormwater pollution are water discolouration as well as debris in the water and on the tide line.

Beach Conditions

Weather – Partly cloudy. Isolated showers. 

Winds – S/SW 35 to 55 km/h, reaching 65 km/h along the coastal fringe during the morning.

Rainfall – 9.5mm in the previous 24 hours

Expected maximum temperature – 17oC

Ocean temperature – 17oC

Swell – Southerly 4 to 5 metres.

High tide – 1.5 metres at 14:34

Low tide – 0.6 metres at 07:53



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