What a lovely start for Saturday. Blasting N-NE wind and swirling showers with the obligatory slate grey skies. I’d have pulled the doona over my head too but for my morning cameo on 702 ABC’s weekend show. So what’s happening with Huey I hear you ask. Well, at around midnight, the Big Guy put the helm hard over to the NE. Out at sea – if you were crazy or unlucky enough to be there – the swell went up to 2 metres, but the seas were at the 4 metre mark. Average period is a touch over 6 seconds. Did I hear you say “but that’s just chop…”? And you’d be right. It’s very ordinary indeed and you missed nothing for the early.
Outlook is for the NE wind and choppy conditions to continue all day in the Sydney region. There might possibly be something in the semi-protected north corners (eg Curly, Northy, Whaley) late this afternoon.
The slightly better prospect could be tomorrow at spots that like a bit of ENE but at this stage it doesn’t look too amazing. In fact, Monday-Tuesday looks a bit more the goods as the swell swings back to the south and the average period moves away from the windswelly short periods of the weekend toward something jucier.
I’m hoping for shoulder to head high plus at south swell spots from about lunchtime onward Monday.
Go well with your day and may your plans all unfold satisfactorily!
From the Bureau of Meterology this morning
Warning Summary at issue time
Gale warning for New South Wales waters between Wooli and Gabo Island.
Details of warnings are available on the Bureau’s website www.bom.gov.au, by telephone 1300-659-218* or through some TV and radio broadcasts.
A deep low pressure system over South Australia will move southeast towards Tasmania with winds along the NSW coast becoming strong to gale force today The low will then move quickly into the southern Tasman Sea on Sunday allowing winds to gradually ease.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Winds: North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots, increasing to 30 to 35 knots, chiefly offshore. Seas: 3 to 4 metres. Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres. The chance of thunderstorms offshore early this evening.
Forecast for Sunday
Winds: Northwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending westerly up to 15 knots around midday. Winds tending southwesterly 10 to 20 knots later in the evening. Seas: Up to 3 metres decreasing below 2 metres around dawn. Swell: Easterly 2 metres tending northeasterly about 2 metres from the morning.
Forecast for Monday
Winds: West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then becoming southwesterly 10 to 20 knots during the evening. Seas: Up to 1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly 1.5 metres tending southerly 2 metres from the morning.