Definitely some activity this morning in Sydney thanks to close to 2 metres of 10 sec mainly east wind swell. The North Bondi pic hints at the potential elsewhere. From what I saw on the cams, it’s looking to be waist to chest and maybe a bit at magnets as of 0630.
Wind’s out of the NNE 10-15 kts at North Head as I write this, but as the forecast below shows, it’s gonna ramp up later and that will obviously reduce the surf options to the usual corners.
Tide’s low at 0730 and will be high at 1330.
For the longer range outlook, check out the Goat’s 20th anniversary forecast (official legend status!!!).
Here in SoCal a major rain event is moving in on us and the swell’s starting to push up. Your correspondent is tossing the board in the car and going looking soon.
Swell is hitting up north more than here right now, but there were a few hopeful bods waiting for it to come up at Sandspit late this morning…
A high near New Zealand extends a ridge along the Queensland coast. A series of cold fronts are crossing the Southern Ocean with a trough and southerly change likely to affect the south coast later today. The trough is expected to move into the northeast on Saturday then a low should form in the trough off the north coast on Sunday.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast
Northerly 20 to 30 knots tending northeasterly 20 to 25 knots in the middle of the day then increasing to 25 to 30 knots in the evening.
2 to 3 metres.
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening.
Saturday 18 February
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Northeasterly 20 to 30 knots tending northwest to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the morning then tending south to southeasterly in the middle of the day.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres around midday.
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Partly cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sunday 19 February
Southerly 15 to 25 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening.
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.
Please be aware
Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
Nearby Coastal Waters