The early session still had the odd shoulder high bomb at magnets, but it was pretty inconsistent for the keen types on it by 0630 when I checked conditions. The wind was stil light, however as the forecast below notes, we can expect the SE breeze to pick up ahead of a NE’ly this afternoon. As expected, the swell continued fading overnight and as of 0400 the MHL buoy was seeing 1.6 metres of 10 second swell from 152-154° (SSE). While surface conditions were smooth at 0630, wave quality was somewhat mediocre (beach breaks were sectiony and shutting down for the most part).
Tide is low at 1000 and then back to a 1.56 m high at 1600 – when the NE’r will be doing its thing. At the same time the swell energy will continue to gradually dissapate and by tomorrow we’re likely to be seeing knee to waist high conditions – which is probably a good thing because we’re heading to a 35C high and everybody will want to be at the beach.
The week ahead doesn’t look too exciting I have to say. That said there is some variation among the models that at least offers a little hope. Monday might be fun early for instance and, depending on the wind, Wednesday morning could be a possibility…
A high pressure ridge lying over New South Wales will shift east over the Tasman Sea today with winds along the coast gradually tending north to northeasterly and increasing as a cold front approaches from the west. This front is forecast to bring a vigorous southerly change to the south coast on Sunday afternoon, extending northward to the remainder of the coast during Sunday evening and early Monday. A brief return to northeasterly winds on Monday will precede a second southerly change late Monday or Tuesday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
South to southeasterly below 10 knots becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Southeasterly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
Sunday 2 December
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Northerly 15 to 20 knots, tending westerly 15 to 25 knots inshore during the afternoon, ahead of a southerly change 25 to 30 knots in the evening.
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres by early evening.
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Monday 3 December
Southerly 20 to 30 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.