An unprepossessing Saturday morning for surfers on the Northern Beaches. Dull grey skies dropping the odd sprinkle, a meandering but mainly southerly breeze and only a feeble 8-sec period metre and a bit south wind swell struggling against an incoming 1.8 metre high tide.
The pictures tell the sad story of gutless knee to waist high dribble. You have to be super keen and to be equipped with your floatiest surf toy. Otherwise it looks like a great morning to sleep in or to go for a coffee before the bicyclists start turning up.
Sadly the surf outlook is not too exciting for the remainder of the weekend and if the models are to be trusted, it could be mid-week before our next pulse arrives. Some of the more hopeful interpretations of the data are predicting 12-14 sec, 3 metre south energy filling in sometime late Tuesday, peaking Wednesday morning and then fading but still in the fun range through to the weekend…
So have a great Saturday and keep your fingers crossed for mid-week!
A trough will extend a southerly change through the northern waters today, reaching the Queensland border in the evening. A ridge is forecast to extend along the coast behind the trough, with winds gradually shifting northeasterly on Sunday as a high develops over the Tasman Sea. Another southerly change is expected to affect most waters during Monday as the next trough crosses the coast. A low pressure circulation likely to be embedded within this trough may generate especially vigorous wind along the southern half of the coast.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots easing to south to southeasterly to 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the evening.
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres around midday.
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.
Sunday 5 November
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the early afternoon.
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Cloudy. 70% chance of showers.
Monday 6 November
Northeasterly 25 to 30 knots shifting southwesterly 25 to 35 knots during the afternoon.
2 to 3 metres.
Easterly around 1 metre, tending northeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Cloudy. 90% chance of rain.