Chilly start to Saturday morning, but the skies are mostly clear and the swell has perked up overnight so that it’s now consistently into the head high range on sets at Dee Why (and the bombs are maybe 30% bigger than that). Swell is still out of the south but overnight it came back up a bit to be averaging around two metres as Saturday got started in Sydney. Period is around the 9 to 10 second mark, so it’s more than juicy enough. Plus, the wind was WSW at around 15kts. There should be plenty of interesting options at south swell spots this morning.
We’re likely to see a steady, if slow, decline in wave energy through the day. But some of the swell prediction models are showing it again coming back up a touch overnight, so tomorrow could find us with a similar pattern, ie the size it was this morning, and fading back a little toward dark. The Bureau is saying it should be easterly about a metre at the moment (which it isn’t according to the MHL data) today, but tomorrow they say it’ll come around to the south (where the buoy is showing it right now). Wind should be offshore again tomorrow morning, so there will be more fun to be had.
I reckon all of us who plan to front Longy tomorrow afternoon to engage in a little constructive beach cleaning and picnicing will have cricks in our necks from twisting around to watch the waves. It starts at 2pm so get along with your picnic stuff and heavy gloves!
Have yourself a top old day, and look out for me ’cause I plan to do a bit of shooting.
Tides: H @1010, L @1540
A deep low pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea is moving slowly to the south. A high over central Australia extends a ridge eastwards. These two systems are resulting in fresh to strong southwest winds over NSW coastal waters, reaching gale force at times in the far south. Winds are expected to ease Sunday as the low moves near to New Zealand and a high pressure ridge strengthens across NSW.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
West to southwesterly 25 to 30 knots.
Easterly about 1 metre.
Sunday 19 June
Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending westerly 10 to 15 knots around midday.
Up to 3 metres decreasing below 2 metres around dawn.
Southeasterly 0.5 to 2 metres tending southerly 2 to 3 metres from the morning.
Monday 20 June
Westerly 15 to 20 knots tending west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the evening.
Up to 1.5 metres increasing to 2 metres during the evening.
Southerly 1 metre.