PERFECT beach weather but small surf conditions have board riders scratching waves.
PERFECT beach weather but small surf conditions have board riders scratching waves. John McCutcheon

How the Land of the Long White Cloud controls our weather

A STRONG easterly sea breeze littered Sunshine Coast beaches with jellyfish early, as a high pressure system and another upper level high continued to affect weather on Australia's east coast.

Apart from a gradual shift of winds from the east to the north-east through this week, daily weather conditions are expected to deliver more of what the region has experienced for the past three weeks.

Monday is partly cloudy with a 30% chance of light showers and winds up early from the east at 15-25kph.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny with winds light then shifting north east at 15-20kph in the middle of the day before dropping out in the late afternoon.

Temperatures will range from an overnight low of 22 degrees to a maximum 31 degrees. There's only 5% chance of rain.

Wednesday will also dawn mostly sunny with winds from the north east at 15-20kph before dropping out later. Temperatures will range from 22-32 degrees.

Thursday will again be hot, mostly sunny with light winds early before shifting north east at 15-25 degrees.

There is a metre of easterly swell now hitting Coast beaches but the onshore winds leave little reward for surfers.

That's a situation which will carry through to Friday when winds will shift back to the east at 15-20kph after being light early.

Saturday will be partly cloudy with light winds and a temperature range from 22-32 degrees ahead of a similar day Sunday except for the winds which will shift back to the east after being light early.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster James Thompson said the high anchored off New Zealand was staying put, in the process locking the Sunshine Coast's weather into more of the same.

He said the climate outlook through to April was predicting a dryer than average summer along the east coast and inland.

Mr Thompson said apart from winds shifting between east and north east through to northerly, overall conditions would remain unchanged.


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