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Sydney Weather: Stay away from the coast

Sydney Weather: Stay away from the coast, people warmed, as waves smash beaches

People are being told to stay away from surf as wild Sydney weather lashes the coast and harbour.

A deep low pressure system is moving slowly across the southern Tasman Sea, generating a large and powerful southerly swell which is set to impact the NSW coast today.

VERY HEAVY SURF, with waves reaching 5 to 7 metres in the surf zone, may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion along the New South Wales coast today and early Friday.

Southern parts will see the larger waves arrive from late this morning, followed by central areas in the afternoon, and the northern coast at night.

South-facing sections of coast will be most vulnerable to erosion from the southerly swell.

Wave heights may reach 7 to 8 metres late this afternoon and evening about central and northern parts of the coast.

Conditions will gradually ease in the south tonight, and remaining areas during Friday, although a Hazardous Surf Warning for coastal activities is expected to remain into Saturday.

Beach conditions are likely to be dangerous, and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra and Batemans Bay.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500. 

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