Cyclone Oma makes it way towards southeast Queensland


The longevity and slow-moving nature of Cyclone Oma have generated waves more than 8-metres high, which in turn have generated a long-fetch swell heading for the Australian coast.

"There will be potentially risky surf conditions toward the end of the week". As hundreds of computer models continue to try and crunch the data the globe's two most trusted sources for cyclones, GFS and ECMWF are still totally disagreeing about Oma's future track beyond the northern Tasman Sea this Friday.

The tropical cyclone is now sitting about 1300km northeast of Brisbane and is tracking southwest.

"The main risks are abnormally high tides, hazardous surf, beach erosion and coastal inundation". It may be windy and wet enough to prompt severe weather warnings in both islands, or it may push more offshore.

The Weather Bureau has already put in place a hazardous surf warning for Gold Coast waters, with strong wind alerts likely on their way as well.

With unsafe conditions expected, Yeppoon Lagoon is the place to keep cool safely.

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"You guys are sitting in the little sweet spot there where nothing happens", he said.

"We're advising people not to actually stand on the sand and get close to the waters edge".

"It's unfortunate, the timing of it all, but it's very risky when you get that king tide with large swells that hit the coast".

"If you are heading to the beaches, have a look at the swell, and even if you're an experienced surfer just be careful".

"The swell will begin to increase", she said.

A ridge of high pressure remains over the North Island with conditions largely fine and dry for Monday and Tuesday While parts of the upper North Island will see some useful showers on Wednesday.