Cool change: Joe Anderson-Reid, of Tugun, yesterday donned a wetsuit for the first time this year.
Cool change: Joe Anderson-Reid, of Tugun, yesterday donned a wetsuit for the first time this year. Crystal Spencer

Cool change covers Tweed

THE weekend was sweltering, but surfers were pulling on wetsuits in increasing numbers at Duranbah yesterday.

The windy, overcast day was in stark contrast to the hot, humid conditions experienced on the Tweed Coast just two days before.

Surfer Joe Anderson-Reid decided to pull on his brand new wetsuit for the first time yesterday.

“It is probably not cold enough just yet, and I was probably going to go out in boardies, but it is overcast and windy and it will help keep me a bit warmer out there,” he said.

“I definitely didn’t need a wetsuit on the weekend.”

Another surfer, Corey Lim, decided against donning a “wettie”, but regretted the decision.

“It was cold, I would have been way better with a wetsuit,” he said.

Late last week and into the weekend was definitely boardshort weather, with Coolangatta Airport recording a Thursday maximum temperature of 30.4 degrees. Saturday, 29.1 degrees and Sunday, 29.4 degrees, were 3.9 and 4.2 degrees above average respectively.

The heat continued into Monday morning, when a new highest minimum temperature record for the month of April was reached at Coolangatta, with a temperature of 23.7, an increase on the previous record of 23 degrees.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Terry Erbs said the wind direction changed yesterday, which resulted in a cooler day.

“Overnight temperatures were well above average due to the humid, windy conditions of the last few days,” Mr Erbs said.

“The reason those overnight temperatures were well above average was because of the dry, north westerly winds we have been experiencing.”

Yesterday, the temperature was a much cooler 23.6 degrees at 2pm, compared to 27.8 degrees on Sunday at the same time.

“What has happened now is cool, southerly winds are bringing those temperatures back down to their normal levels,” Mr Erbs said.

Today, isolated showers will continue near the coast.



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