A grey and cool start to Anzac Day along the beaches. The sea was comparatively smooth thanks to a light westerly and it looks as though we have another day of smallish but definitely surfable conditions. As the pictures show, waves were waist to maybe chest on the better sets and there were surf options at the point and along the beach.
The MHL buoy was seeing 1.3 metres of 13-sec energy from the SSE (145°) as of 0600. Tide was high at 0415 and is dropping to a 0.4 m low at 1055. It’ll be back to a 1.5 m high at 1710. There’s a 70% chance of a shower or two and the wind will gradually come around to the SE at 10-15kts
Tomorrow the southerly arrives and the Bureau’s hoisted a strong wind warning for up to 30 kts later. The wave energy should be coming up with it, but there has to be a big question mark over the surf options because it looks like average periods will be in the 8 second range – ie close together, weak and choppy. The dominant direction should be east, so maybe protected south corners will see something.
The southerly winds and short period waves look like dominating through the weekend before fading back early next week.
Have a good Anzac Day and catch you again tomorrow.
A trough off the north coast will weaken today. A significant change is expected on Thursday when a new high, approaching from the west, pushes vigorous southerly winds along the entire coast. Southerly winds will persist into the weekend but moderate, as the high edges towards Bass Straight.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
- Southwest to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the morning.
- Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
- Partly cloudy. 90% chance of showers offshore, 60% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening.
Thursday 26 April
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
- Southerly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the morning. Winds reaching up to 30 knots during the afternoon and evening.
- 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
- 1st Swell
- Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
- 2nd Swell
- Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
- Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.
Friday 27 April
- Southerly 20 to 30 knots.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
- 1st Swell
- Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the evening.
- 2nd Swell
- Easterly around 1 metre.
- Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers