9-12 kts of NNE wind at 0740 with smoke haze reducing visibility to about 5 kms along the beaches. Sets at the Dee Why end of the beach were around the waist high mark, close together and looking pretty soft. Out at sea as of 0500 the MHL buoy was seeing 2.4 m of 8 seconds from the north and SSE. Tide was low at 0600 and is currently coming into the high at 1230.
As I write this, the radio’s on with the latest fire reports from Vicco and the far south coast. Scary stuff on a day when up here in Sydney we’re going to a high of 34C ahead of a late gusty cool change and the smoke haze will be making air quality poor all day.
2019 is going out on a rather somber note. Naturally we’re all hoping for a New Year with fewer fires and a break in the drought. But however it plays out, we can help each other – while demanding much more science-based policy from political leadership.
See you tomorrow one and all.
A POOR Air Quality Forecast alert is issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) due to forecast elevated particle and ozone levels in Sydney for Tuesday 31 December 2019.
A slow-moving high pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea bringing northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast. A strong and gusty southerly change moves though southern and central waters on Tuesday, which will weaken on the Mid North Coast during Wednesday. Northeasterly winds are expected to re-establish along the New South Wales coast in the second half of the week as another high pressure system moves over the Tasman Sea.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast
North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots ahead of a gusty southerly change 20 to 30 knots in the early evening.
2 to 3 metres.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening. Smoke haze may reduce visibility.
Wednesday 1 January
Southerly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots before dawn then tending southeast to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Northeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
South to southwesterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the afternoon and evening.
Thursday 2 January
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the evening.
Around 1 metre.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.