Sharks sighted on south coast as tourists urged to make the most of good weather

Holiday-makers on the NSW south coast have been told to make the most of glorious weather conditions before a cold front passes early next week.

Families have enjoyed nearly a week of blue skies and temperatures inching towards 30 degrees, although meteorologists have warned showers and grey skies are on the way.

Clear conditions have increased the workload of life savers with volunteers often monitoring hundreds of swimmers and on occasion, reacting to shark warnings.

Andrew Edmunds, director of far south coast lifesaving, said sharks were seen at Pambula and Tuross Heads on Thursday, with up to seven sharks detected at Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay.

The Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter was called by NSW Police to monitor the sharks at Hyams Beach, and eventually sounded its alarm to evacuate the waters.

"There are more people in the water at this time of year so there is more opportunity to report sharks, although there have been a number of sightings over the past 12 months," Mr Edmunds said.


"I don't think there is reason for alarm as sharks are certainly not as common here as on the north coast. If people are worried, the best advice is to swim between the flags at monitored beaches."

Mr Edmunds said all three beaches were safely evacuated and encouraged people to avoid swimming at dusk or dawn and to steer clear of murky waters near river mouths on the coast

Mr Sharpe said New Year's Day plans were unlikely to be ruined by deteriorating weather conditions, with Batemans Bay set to enjoy 28 degrees and mostly sunny conditions.

"There is a small chance of a shower on Saturday, although it is currently forecast to be 25 degrees and mostly sunny," he said.

"Later on Saturday the conditions will start to cool off with southerly winds and we are likely to see showers on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

"At the moment there is some uncertainty about when the showers will end which means we may see showers across a number of days, with a risk of falls up to 20 millimetres."

Mr Sharpe said the change of weather was influence by a tropical low that would more from the northern territory to south Queensland and travel down the east coast of Australia.

"The tropical system is not going to have an impact on Batemans Bay but it is influencing weather patterns throughout NSW by helping onshore winds," he said.