Short version: at 0700 there were heaps of waves at Dee Why with solidly overhead sets being pretty common. Quality wasn’t too bad either thanks to light west breezes and a low tide at 0845. The MHL buoy was showing 4.5 metres of 13-14 sec S-SSE swell as of 0400.
Swell is expected to drop steadily today, but it’s not going to go away entirely.
Wind will be shifting to the E-NE around lunchtime, so this morning is clearly going to offer the widest range of choices.
Outlook is for the swell to continue to fade and be back to small tomorrow when S-SE wind will make a mess of most places from early.
Have a great Thursday one and all!
A relatively weak cold front is expected to reach the South Coast late Thursday then move along the remainder of the coast during Friday with a fresh southeasterly change associated. A high pressure system is forecast to develop over coastal NSW later Friday and early Saturday then move over the Tasman Sea. Another, somewhat stronger southerly change may reach the South Coast late Sunday.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting east to northeasterly in the early afternoon.
Below 1 metre.
Southerly 2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.
Large and powerful surf conditions in the morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Friday 17 October
Variable about 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots early in the morning.
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Saturday 18 October
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the day then becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Around 1 metre.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.