Sunny, light offshore and really small as Thursday got started. We had around a metre of 9-second SE swell. At Dee Why it was struggling to get to waist high and despite smooth surface conditions had only attracted a few takers. Things look like being very different later today and tomorrow.
As noted for the last few days now and confirmed in this morning’s forecast, we can expect to see the swell ramping up toward the end of the day sufficiently to have triggered a large and powerful surf warning.
Wind is set to push up into the 20-30 kt range from the south by midday. It’s expected to stay that way until after dark. But tomorrow morning the swell could be pretty solid under mostly sunny skies and with winds from the westerly quarters. And in a harbinger of the season to come, the winds look to stay favourable into Saturday, although the swell peak could be overnight Thurs-Fri.
Keep on smilin’ everyone and have a top old Thursday.
A strong cold front is expected affect the New South Wales coast during the day bringing vigorous south to southwesterly winds, which are likely to moderate overnight Thursday. A ridge of high pressure should extend across the state in the wake of the front. Several weaker cold fronts are expected to move through Bass Strait on Friday and Saturday but should only affect the south.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
- Northerly 10 to 15 knots, shifting southwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the morning and then shifting southerly 20 to 30 knots in the middle of the day. Winds easing to 15 to 25 knots by late evening.
- Below 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
- Easterly below 1 metre, tending southeasterly 1 to 2 metres by early evening.
- Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower in the morning and early afternoon. Large and powerful surf conditions in the evening are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Friday 6 March
- Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending westerly in the middle of the day then shifting east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
- Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
- Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.
- Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Saturday 7 March
- Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
- Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
- Southerly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
- Mostly sunny.