Amy Remeikis April 08, 2012
Fifteen-year-olds Bethany Hunter and Jemma Ludke enjoyed the Queensland sunshine at a rave event at New Farm Park on Saturday. Photo: Harry Saragossi
Queenslanders in the state's south east were jumping for joy as Mother Nature turned on the first sunny Easter long weekend in recent memory.
Beaches on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts were packed on Saturday, as thousands of holidaymakers made the most of the fine conditions.
A low pressure system had resulted in increased swell on Friday, which had prompted warnings from life savers, however as those weather systems decreased, so too did the swell, with an average of 2 metres predicted for today.
“It has been very busy this weekend,” Sunshine Coast surf lifesaving duty officer John Keller said.
“Being Easter we have the full moon, which means a big tide and there have been a couple of small incidents and suspected spinal injuries, so we are asking people to take care and listen to instructions.
“But all in all, it is absolutely beautiful. Not a cloud in the sky.”
It was the same story on the Gold Coast.
“We are having a fabulous time down here on Gold Coast beaches,” Gold Coast surf lifesaving duty officer Peter Whitty said.
“Weatherwise, it has just been a beautiful weekend.”
Fifteen-year-olds Bethany Hunter and Jemma Ludke were enjoying the sunshine at a rave event at New Farm Park.
“I think the parks are fairly empty because everyone is at the beach,” Ms Ludke said.
“It is such an amazing day to be outside...it just makes you happy I think. I think everyone is happy today.”
Ms Hunter said she had wished for fine weather this weekend.
“This rave event was planned for last month, but it had to be cancelled because of the rain, so we thought why not have an Easter weekend rave,” she said.
“This weekend has been wonderful. I can’t remember an Easter school holidays where it hasn’t rained, so this has been like a gift.”
However, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster, Ben Annells said it was a case of enjoying the weather “while you can,” with clouds, winds and showers predicted across the south east later in the week.
“We’ll start to see some instability come back in on Monday due to a surface trough,” he said.
“The forecast indicates the possibility of a late shower or storm in the Brisbane area and generally around the south east region then as well.
“After Monday we will see strong south easterly winds developing on Tuesday, with showers and we’ll see those south easterlies continue pretty much right through the rest of the week.
“They’ll gradually ease later in the week, but there will be the odd shower still around.
“Basically, it is becoming cloudier again, we’ll lose the sunshine and conditions will be windier, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday.”