Foggy start to Friday

Posted by: on January 4th, 2019

Waiting for the fog to lift at 0800

Hello Friends,
As the picture shows, RealSurf HQ was fogged in this morning, so no ocean shots to begin with (will post something later when it burns off). Wind was coming lightly from the NNW and the latest MHL data from 0500 was showing 1.3 m of 5.6 second bump from the SE (132°). Given those numbers I wouldn’t expect to see much of anything surfable at Dee Why. Throw in a 1.73 m high tide at 0800, and the prospects dim even more.
We’re headed to a high of 29C this afternoon and once the fog clears, skies should be mainly clear.
The Goat delivered his first forecast for 2019 last night and, as always, I commend his wisdom to you.
Have a great Friday everyone!

Forecast issued at 4:10 am EDT on Friday 4 January 2019.

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge towards southeast Queensland. This pattern is maintaining a fresh north to northeasterly wind regime along the entire coast. A trough and associated southerly change looks set to affect the far south coast this evening, and extend to central parts of the coast during Saturday, before stalling over northern parts of the coast on Sunday. Winds shift east to northeasterly across the Waters during Monday as the trough decays and a new high pressure ridge extends along the New South Wales coast.

Forecast for Friday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the late evening.
1 to 2 metres.
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Mostly sunny.
Saturday 5 January
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Northerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then shifting southerly 15 to 20 knots in the late morning and early afternoon.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Sunny morning. 50% chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
Sunday 6 January
Southerly 20 to 30 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Northeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon or evening.

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