It looked to be in the chest to shoulder plus range at Dee Why when I first checked it around 0800. Sets looked to be reasonably frequent too. The beach still seems to be mostly offering shutdowns. Wind was out of the west at 14-18 kts and air temp was about 14C, so if you’re in the 17C water, you’re actually a bit warmer than if you were just standing in your wetty watching from the beach. The MHL buoy for Sydney is offline at the moment, but looking at the data north and south of it, we can infer that swell at sea is probably a couple metres and coming from the south at about 11 seconds apart.
The Bureau informs us that the wind will swing around to the south later and that the swell should roll along at the current intensity – more or less – through to Wednesday morning-ish. Wind should be SW tomorrow and light and variable Wednesday. Thereafter the models are pointing to small to flat right into next week. So, sounds like the plan is to hit it in the next three days if you can.
Have a top old Monday everyone!
A trough of low pressure associated with a complex low pressure system over the southeastern Tasman Sea is brushing the coast, bringing strong south to southwesterly winds across the coast. The winds should ease from this afternoon as a high pressure system over the Bight slowly drifts east. Winds will become light over the coming days as the high pressure system crosses the state during the midweek period.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Sydney Coast
- South to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots at first, easing to southerly 15 to 25 knots by the late morning, tending south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
- 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday, then decreasing below 1 metre later in the evening.
- Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
- Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon.
- Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Tuesday 13 August
- South to southwesterly 10 to 20 knots, decreasing to about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
- 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
- Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres.
- Mostly sunny.
Wednesday 14 August
- Variable below 10 knots.
- Below 0.5 metres.
- Southerly 2 metres.
- Mostly sunny.