Beaches calming

Beaches in the Lake Macquarie/Newcastle region are expected to reopen today, even though the dangerous surf signs will probably be up at your favourite swimming or surfing spot.

The swell over the past five days has resembled a washing machine, but now the clearing weather conditions have seen the ocean calming where this photograph was taken at Redhead Beach.

Swimmers are asked to take care as the surf is still dangerous. Water temperature is around 18 degrees.