A SEVERE weather warning remained in place for coastal parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett and south-east coast yesterday, with dangerous surf on Fraser Island but perfect conditions inland yesterday morning for the Race the Rattler.
The dangerous coastal conditions, including gusty winds and large waves and swells, kept many people away from the beaches despite the extra day off, and those conditions are expected to hang around today and possibly tomorrow.
The conditions are being whipped up by a low sitting over the southern Coral Sea which has been intensifying as it moves away from the coast. Beach locations worst affected yesterday were the east coast of Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, the east coasts of Moreton Island and North and South Stradbroke Islands and the Gold Coast.
Noosa Beach was "firing" and packed with surfers
In Gympie, the threat of rain has eased for the rest of the week and mostly sunny days are expected until Sunday.
Surf conditions are expected to stay dangerous on Fraser Island until Thursday at least.
Surf Life Saving Australia recommended swimmers stay out of the water and well away from surf-exposed areas.
The threat of erosion was also a possibility on some beaches yesterday.
For emergency assistance, call the SES on 132 500.