HIGH ALERT: Surfers are warned to take added care in the hazardous conditions this weekend.
HIGH ALERT: Surfers are warned to take added care in the hazardous conditions this weekend.

Dangerous surf along the coast

A DANGEROUS surf condition warning has been issued for the Coffs Coast over the next few days, a result of tropical Cyclone Sandra moving south, offshore of the NSW coast.

Surf Life Saving NSW warns an easterly/south-easterly swell of up to 4.5m will impact the NSW coast between the Queensland border and Newcastle, peaking this afternoon.

S-SE winds of 30-40km/h are also forecast.

Today's forecast is for large swells and clearing weather and wind conditions in many areas, resulting in higher public activity and a higher-risk situation.

"We're potentially looking at a reasonable storm event and our patrols and emergency callout teams are all on high alert," SLSNSW lifesaving manager Dean Storey said.

"Saturday is a particular worry as the weather will clear, making the coast inviting but ocean conditions will remain dangerous.

Dangerous conditions may return late tomorrow across the state with a large southerly swell predicted.

Public safety messages are:

Swim only at patrolled beaches between the red/yellow flags.

Avoid rock-fishing on the open coastline.

Inexperienced surfers should avoid surfing

Boaties should check their local forecast and always wear a lifejacket.