A dangerous fire day coming up as Friday in Sydney kicks off with grey skies, light SW winds and minimal smoke haze. Swell has faded back from yesterday and as of 0500 was 0.9 metres at 14 seconds from the SSE (158°). There were a few people hanging out in the beachies north from Kiddies, but I didn’t see anything remotely surfable come in. I’m calling Dee Why ankle to knee high for this morning. You might find something a touch bigger at better exposures (eg Curly or Mona Vale). Tide hits a 1.87 high around 0840 and will be back to the low at 1520. The Bureau says it’ll be 30C along the coast with possible smoke haze. Beachwatch says ocean temp is 19C.
The super reliable Goat has rolled out a fresh forecast overnight, so if you’re wondering about our prospects, check out his words of wisdom.
Have a good one and thanks again to all of you out on the firegrounds.
A strong high pressure system lies across the southern Tasman Sea, extending a ridge over northern parts of New South Wales. An approaching cold front will strengthen north to northeasterly winds across the coastal waters today ahead of a vigorous southerly change. The change will move up the southern half of the coast from this afternoon, continuing through to the northern coast on Saturday. Following this, a new high is expected to move from the Bight to the Tasman Sea on Sunday and Monday, bringing a gradual shift back to northeasterly winds during the first half of the week.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast
Northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 25 knots in the morning. Winds reaching up to 30 knots from the late afternoon.
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday.
Easterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore around midday.
Saturday 11 January
Gale Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Northerly 20 to 30 knots. A gusty southerly change 25 to 35 knots soon after midnight, decreasing to 15 to 25 knots during in the morning and tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre by early evening.
Northeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Southeasterly below 1 metre, tending southerly 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Sunday 12 January
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening.
Around 1 metre.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.