According to the weather radar at 0800 the rain was pretty much confined to the coastal strip. It should lift later this morning, so I’ll be able to grab a pic then.
Wind was coming from the SSW at around 15-25 kts, but the Bureau says we can expect it to come around to the south. Swell continues to come at us from both the NE and SE, but the main energy is from the latter direction. As of 0500 the MHL buoy was showing SE 3.5 metres at 9 seconds. The Bureau says the dominant direction should be moving around to the east later. They’re also warning of large and powerful surf conditions across the next 24 hours.
You’ll be unsurprised to hear that Beachwatch is warning that pollution is likely at most beaches between Manly and Bungan. All the eastern suburb and Shire beaches are the same.
It looks as though the wind will continue through to tomorrow morning, but the marine forecast says it should weaken to variable in the afternoon. High tide tomorrow will be at 0750. Annoyingly, the swell energy is likely to track the wind – ie it’ll get smaller as Friday goes along. As the low moves away from us, there should be an increase in the average period, so just maybe we’ll get some fun little waves under summery skies…
Back again later when I can get a pic to share. Have yourself a great day!
A complex low over the Tasman Sea is directing strong southerly winds along the NSW coast. As the low moves further east towards New Zealand on Friday a high south of the Bight is expected to extend a ridge into New South Wales, bringing a moderation in the winds along the coast.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
Southerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late evening.
2 to 3 metres.
Easterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers during the morning and afternoon.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Friday 8 January
Southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day.
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Easterly 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 0.5 metres by early evening.
Southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Partly cloudy. 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.
Saturday 9 January
Variable about 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Below 1 metre.
South to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore during the afternoon.
Easterly around 1 metre.