Wildly out of control at Dee Why this morning. At 0730 swell was 4.3 metres out of SSE at close to 13 seconds apart. There were some nice looking sections in the craziness, but mostly it was just too big.
The swell peaked overnight at around 5.5 metres so it’s dropping slowly but steadily – which is in line with the Bureau’s expectations. By tomorrow they predict it’ll be half the current size. By midweek it looks like being back to knee high. Wind doesn’t look too wonderful for today, but tomorrow could be quite good, particularly for the early (which is when yours truly will be at RNSH getting an ear reamed out – blerg).
I’ll try to add a few more pics later today, so stay in touch!
A complex low pressure system lies near New Zealand, while a high is centred over southeast Australia. This pattern is maintaining vigorous winds along the New South Wales coast this morning, and is generating a large southerly swell. Winds will ease during the day as the high drifts towards the coast and the low loses influence. By Monday the high is expected to be over the Tasman sea, with most coastal waters seeing a return to northwesterly winds ahead of a weak trough, forecast to cross the coast overnight into Tuesday.
Forecast for Sunday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
South to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots, easing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon and turning east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
2.5 to 3.5 metres, decreasing below 2 metres during the afternoon.
Southerly 3 to 5 metres.
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 21 August
Variable below 10 knots becoming north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning then tending west to northwesterly in the afternoon, reaching 20 knots offshore.
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon.
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, tending southeasterly 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
Tuesday 22 August
Westerly 10 to 15 knots turning south to southwesterly below 10 knots during the morning then becoming variable during the day.
Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.