Swell came up dramatically overnight – in line with the predictions. As the day got started in Sydney it was peaking at an average height of 4 metres from the south with a period of 11 seconds. There were a few bods having a go at the point, but there are a fair percentage of unsurfable bomb sets, so I’d say they’ll be earning ’em out there. The ocean inshore wasn’t too hammered, considering. But wind is south 25-35 kts, so more exposed places will be copping it.
From the shape of the swell data down the coast, the prediction of a decrease in swell across the day looks highly likely. The call is for it to be down to 2.5-3 metres by close of play. The southerly is also supposed to back off a little to 20-25kts. So not exactly glassing off.
Tomorrow should see the wind still southerly, but it’s set to back off across the day and turn N- NW for Friday morning. The swell will gradually decline but not dribble away to flatness, so the last day of the working week might be the pick.
Have yourself a great Wednesday!
Tides: H @0920, L @1510
A complex low pressure system over the southwestern Tasman Sea will continue to move slowly to the south-southeast and weaken today, with strong to gale force south to southwesterly winds over NSW waters. A high pressure system is expected to move over the Bass Strait over the next few days extending a ridge to the southwestern Coral Sea.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Gale warning for Wednesday for Sydney Coastal Waters
Southerly 25 to 35 knots decreasing to 20 to 25 knots in the late afternoon.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 2 metres later in the evening.
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Dangerous surf conditions expected, hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Thursday 25 July
Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the late afternoon then becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Friday 26 July
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots at first, tending west to northwesterly during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots during the day.
Up to 1 metre.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.