The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings regarding the extreme surf conditions battering the NSW coastline. The bureau’s weather report warns: “Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.”

Beachwatch NSW’s Twitter also reported: “That almost all patrolled beaches remain closed due to dangerous conditions this afternoon across the Hunter, Central Coast, Sydney and Illawarra.”

Tourist favourites Bondi and Manly remain open, as does Clovelly, although it’s advisable not to swim there unless experienced.

The surf conditions are caused by slow-moving pressure system over the central Tasman Sea, which is forcing a persistent southerly wind along the NSW coast and creating large swells.

This morning it hit southern-facing beaches hardest, but since midday the north has taken the brunt of the surf. Weatherzone warned there may be localised damage and coastal erosion, and that “people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.”.