BEACH WATCHThe better waves on the morning’s incoming tide, bringing some shorebreaks into play. Conditions clean though not too consistent. Light seabreeze for the afternoon.Last of the weekend’s swell from the south-east around a metre. Wind light and variable, north-west to north-east. Most beaches have some good banks, spreading the crowd out for the early. Shore breaks at Newcastle Beach, Cliff and Pogos. Burwood, Dudley, Redhead and Hams to the south. One Mile and Birubi up at Port Stephens. Take care if in for a swim and only at the patrolled beaches. Shallow sand banks on low,erosion at Merewether. The water temperature is 16 degrees.
HUNTER BOATINGWindsNorth to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the morning.
SeasBelow 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
SwellSoutheasterly below 1 metre.
WeatherMostly sunny. 40% chance of showers offshore at night. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.
NEWCASTLE SHIPPINGArrivalsYesterday: Orchid Island, 5.10am; Louise Bulker, 5.42am; Marsgracht, 6.30am; Merlin Arrow, 8am; Arcadia Salute, 10.24am; HL Port Hedland, 12.40pm; Taiyo, 6pm; Tachibana, 8.45pm.
Today: Rising Wind, 4am; Global Garnet, 6.30am; Aomi, 9.30am; IVS Kite, 10am; Sagittarius Ocean, 4pm; Shinchi Maru, 9.30pm.
DeparturesYesterday:Yue Dian 85, 6.02am; Nightkiss, 7.52am; Pacific Venture, 2pm; Sun Excelsior, 4.30pm; New Joy, 7.19pm; Marsgracht, 9.15pm; Orchid Island, 10.30pm.
Today:Arcadia Salute, 2.45am; Carolyn, 5am; Victoria Harbour, 7.45am; Energia Centaurus, 7.58am; Taiyo, 2.15pm; Seto Express, 3pm; Rising Wind, 8pm; HL Port Hedland, 8.03pm; Louise Bulker, 10pm.
AIR QUALITYWallsend Good Newcastle Good Beresfield Good Muswellbrook Fair Singleton Good