King tides to hit Cooloola Coast
AUTHORITIES are warning swimmers, boaties and anyone living near the water to be prepared today as tides rise to their highest daytime level for the year.
The spring tide, commonly known as a king tide, will reach 2.75m at Rainbow Beach, 2.18m at Maroochydore and Caloundra and 2.29m on the Noosa River this morning.
Maritime Safety Queensland General Manager Patrick Quirk said spring tides occur twice yearly near Christmas and during winter, but the winter tides usually come at night and for the most part go unnoticed.
"Maritime Safety Queensland warns people living close to the water may also be affected and should move tinnies, kayaks, garden furniture and other items away from the water's edge," Mr Quirk said.
"Keep a close watch over children playing in shallow water - tidal streams in these waters can be strong.
"Spring tides are a regular event familiar to most experienced boaties, but with an increase in holiday boating traffic, some may be caught out by the wider tidal margins, especially when launching and retrieving."
He said severe weather including thunderstorms and cyclones could drive sea levels above the expected heights.
Possible storms have been forecast for Gympie and the Sunshine Coast today, but these are more likely to hit the region in the late afternoon or evening, when tides are forecast to remain below 1.7m.