The SSE wind was just ruffling the surface at 0750 when I climbed aloft to the RealSurf crows nest for a look at the conditions. There was only a faint hint of swell and hardly anyone in the water on a gloomy Sunday morning. According to the MHL data, at 0500 there was an 8-sec 1.5 m SSE wind swell out at sea. I’d say you’d be doing well to pick up a 1.5 m wave (face) anywhere this morning along the Dee Why stretch. Maybe possibly it’d be into that range on the bigger ones up at Longy. Basically though, if you can’t get in the water this morning, you’re really not missing much.
Outlook is for the wind to pick up from the SE later this morning and for the rain to start tumbling down. So, an already sad morning will only get sadder by all indications.
The windy and showery conditions are set to continue through to Tuesday – as are the southeasterly winds. The steady wind activity should, I hope, leave us with a little something on Wednesday morning when it backs off and we’re set to have sunny skies. Thursday may see an uptick in the swell but with more south wind. Here’s hoping for at least a couple of days midweek that are both sunny and surfable.
Have yourself a top old Sunday one and all!
A cold front has brought a vigorous southerly change to southern parts of the coast this morning, and this change will continue to extend northwards today and on Monday, reaching the far north by Monday evening. Behind this change, a ridge of high pressure will develop along the New South Wales coast as a high pressure system moves across the Bight and into the southern Tasman Sea, with winds slowly easing and tending east to northeasterly through Tuesday and Wednesday.
Forecast for Sunday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
- Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly 10 to 15 knots before dawn then increasing to 20 to 30 knots later in the morning. Winds easing to 20 to 25 knots in the afternoon before tending southeasterly 20 to 30 knots in the evening.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
- 1st Swell
- South to southeasterly below 0.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
- 2nd Swell
- Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
- Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm this morning.
Monday 26 February
Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Sydney Coast
- Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore during the morning.
- 2 to 3 metres.
- South to southeasterly 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres in the middle of the day.
- Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.
Tuesday 27 February
- Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening.
- 1 to 1.5 metres.
- 1st Swell
- Easterly 2 metres.
- 2nd Swell
- Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
- Partly cloudy.