FEBRUARY finally made a convincing argument yesterday for being the best time to visit local beaches.
With bath-temperature surf, light winds, plenty of sun and ample space post-school holidays, lucky locals and holidaymakers took advantage of the near-perfect beach weather.
In Byron Bay the million-dollar view from Main Beach to The Pass was a welcome sight for locals and visitors alike after a month punctuated by showers and onshore winds.
The good weather could not have been better timed for Sarah Butcher and John Edgcombe and their children, George and Luke.
They spent yesterday morning at The Wreck in Byron Bay after arriving for a week’s holiday from Sydney last Friday.
The family is visiting Byron for the first time. With the weather putting on a show since Sunday, Ms Butcher said the family was having a ball.
“It’s been great. We’ve loved the weather,” she said.
Four-year-old George was happy to offer his commentary on the beach conditions too.
“The water is nice and warm,” he said as he wielded a bodyboard next to a giant sandcastle he had made with his brother Luke.
Imogen O’Neil, of Coorabell, also enjoyed a morning at The Wreck yesterday.
“I love there is some sunshineafter all the rain,” she said. “It’s really lovely to have a sunny day.”
February has seen 252 millimetres of rain dumped on Byron Bay, with a week in the month still remaining.
The month’s rainfall is already much more than the town received all of last February, when just 153 millimetres of rain fell.
Bureau of Meteorology dutyforecaster Jake Phillips said the Northern Rivers could expect some more showers in the last week of summer.
He said a southerly change was predicted to reach the region by about midnight tonight, bringing showers and thunderstorms.
The mercury was expected to climb to 30 degrees in Byron Bay today; while Lismore is expected to swelter through 35-degree heat until the change arrives.
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