How the weather is shaping up for the weekend

Shade tree: Hamilton Green will look a bit different after storm forced council staff to remove one of its iconic trees from the site of the popular Sunday markets. Photo: supplied
Shade tree: Hamilton Green will look a bit different after storm forced council staff to remove one of its iconic trees from the site of the popular Sunday markets. Photo: supplied

There will be sunshine and there will be showers.

Welcome to another mixed weather weekend for the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

Meteorologist with weatherzone Tom Hough described the weather forecast as ‘benign’. 

“The maximum temperatures across the weekend will be around that 23 degree mark while the minimum temperatures will be 13 degrees on Saturday and slightly warmer at 14 degrees for Sunday,” he said.

“While there will be plenty of sunshine, there could also be a few showers – but any showers will only be about a millimetre or so at best.

“That weather pattern will continue through Monday and Tuesday as well.

“It (the weather) is pretty benign at the moment with a blocking high situated over Tasmania which will linger for the next few days.

“Those onshore winds will bring those showers into play for the next three or four days.”

The warmer, and consistent, weather pattern will be a welcome reprieve for Port Macquarie-Hastings residents following the ferocious storms that featured on Monday night.

In the aftermath of that storm, there were many fallen trees, electricity cuts and other wind and storm damage.

Hamilton Green was among those affected with one of its iconic shade trees losing several limbs at the height of the storm.

Those onshore winds will bring those showers into play for the next three or four days.

Tom Hough

The tree was eventually removed by council staff.

Despite losing one of its trees, the weekly Sunday market will still go ahead from 8am until 1pm at the popular site.

With a current surf warning for the southern eastern coastline, Mr Hough said seas were likely to be around one to two metres onshore and up to three metres out to sea.

“But that will ease through the weekend,” he added.

The winds are likely to be around the 22 kilometre per hour mark on Saturday but easing on Sunday and Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a hazardous surf warning for the Port Macquarie coast along with Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast.

People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.

Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.

Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.

Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.

Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.

Damage done: This damaged tree at Hamilton Green was removed by council following Monday night's horrendous storm. Photo: supplied

Damage done: This damaged tree at Hamilton Green was removed by council following Monday night's horrendous storm. Photo: supplied