As of 0630 it was hazy along the beaches, but there were waves at places that like NE wind swell. Northy was well populated with folk chasing the gentle looking waist to chest high little waves but South Narrabeen was empty, even though it sort of looked surfable. Around the corner at the Longy to Dee Why stretch the best options seemed to be between No Mans and the Pole. Size was a touch smaller than Northy and, if anything, it also appeared to be even weaker.
Despite the NE look to the line, the MHL buoy was reporting a metre at close to 12 seconds from the SE (128 to 148°).
Although it was pretty glassy when I grabbed the pics, half an hour later at 0700 North Head was seeing 8-11 kts of NNE wind. We can expect that to dial up some more ahead of a south change this afternoon.
Tide was low at 0710 and will be back to a 1.7m high at 1320.
Beachwatch says the water should be fine pretty much everywhere and averaging 21C. We’re due to reach a high along the coast of 33 C and there’s a poor air quality alert for elevated ozone pollution. UV is a fierce 13 and sun protection is a must from 0900 to 1730.
If the forecast models have it right, tomorrow will play out much like today, but there might be a touch bigger as we get a mix of NE and south energy. The morning looks the best shot too.
The rest of the week is shaping to be roughly the same as far as waves go (although waves will be more east), but wind will be a factor in the afternoons (nothing unusual in that).
Have a top old Australia Day everyone.
A trough over the southern waters will extend to central parts of the coast during the day today, with an associated weak southerly change. A second southerly change is likely to move through the southern half of the coast on Sunday, before stalling along the Hunter coast later Sunday and weakening by Monday evening. A ridge remains firm over the northern parts of the coast for the next several days, and is forecast to extend across the entire coast on Tuesday, generating north to northeast winds.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 30 knots offshore early in the morning, turning southerly in the afternoon.
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Southerly around 1 metre.
Sunday 27 January
Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting southerly 15 to 20 knots in the late morning.
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Monday 28 January
Southerly 15 to 20 knots tending north to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots during the evening.
1 to 2 metres.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Southerly around 1 metre.