Chilly tinge to the air at 0730 but wide blue skies overhead and 2 metres of 10-sec SSE swell rolling in for the first shift. Sets at Dee Why point were around the chest mark and similar, if not a bit bigger along the beach. Wind was a 10kt westerly and tide dropping to the low at 1030 for the healthy crew at Dee Why when I checked for the first time.
The Bureau says the swell will continue along at the present intensity and that the wind’ll swing SW and come up to 15-20 kts before dropping back and swinging more southerly later.
More thoughts later on the long range outlook (and a few piccies I hope)
A low pressure system near New Zealand is moving southeast and weakening as a strong high pressure system south of the Bight strengthens a ridge across the western Tasman Sea and vigorous southerly winds along New South Wales coast are easing. This ridge is expected be the dominant synoptic feature over the following few days.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the morning. Winds turning southerly during the afternoon and evening.
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Easterly around 1 metre.
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.
Tuesday 28 April
Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the morning. Winds turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre by early evening.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers offshore, 40% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.
Wednesday 29 April
South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly during the afternoon.
Below 1 metre.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.