Take care on water as temperatures soar

Make sure you have enough fuel and some in reserve

Central Coast waterways are expecting an influx of visitors for the Australia Day long weekend, with temperatures rising and strong wind warnings along the east coast.

A southerly change helped cool things off after a hot Sunday on January 21, but the Bureau of Meteorology says the mercury will climb again from Wednesday, January 24.

Gosford is expected to reach 37 degrees on Thursday and Friday before late showers start to cool things off bringing the mercury down to a respectable 25 on Saturday and 27 on Sunday, with more showers possible.

Norah Head is likely to hit 29 on Friday and 30 degrees on Saturday, while Terrigal’s predicted highs are 37 for both Thirsday and Friday, before dropping to 25 on Saturday.

Marine Rescue Central Coast Unit Commander Ian Morrow has called for boat owners to conduct a thorough safety check on their craft before leaving home.

Log On and Off with Marine Rescue via VHF Channel 16 or use the free Marine Rescue NSW app available for iOS and Android devices.

Make sure everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket.

Make sure your vessel’s engine and battery are working.

Make sure you have enough fuel and some in reserve.

Always check conditions and safety equipment.

Marine Rescue Central Coast is looking for new volunteers and will be holding an information evening on Thursday, February 8, with a second set for Saturday February 10.

For more information, either contact the Point Clare base on 4337 9600 or read the MRCC FaceBook pages.