Southerly was hammering along at 17-25 kts under lowering grey skies when your self-isolating correspondent climbed aloft with the camera at RealSurf HQ. There were a couple of people in the water, but they must have been pretty desperate for some water time because the quality, as you can see from the pic, is not great. The longer period stuff of yesterday has, as expected, faded away to leave behind only wind swell. Out at sea it was 2.7 metres at 8 seconds from 180° but inshore it was maybe waist high.
While we aren’t currently forbidden to go to the beach if not self-isolating, I think we should be very self-conscious about any excursions outside the home. Just like in wartime, you have to ask yourself ‘is this trip essential?’
BTW, here’s a useful visualisation of the latest COVID-19 data from Australia.
A high pressure system near Tasmania is slowly moving east while a trough of low pressure is lingering off the northern coast, directing south to southeasterly airstream. Winds will become east to northeasterly later in the week and during the weekend as the high pressure system tracks into the Tasman Sea, extending a ridge over the New South Wales coast.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Southerly 15 to 25 knots, tending southeasterly in the afternoon.
1.5 to 2 metres.
Southerly 2 metres.
Friday 27 March
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending easterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
East to northeasterly below 1 metre, tending east to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.
Saturday 28 March
Easterly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly during the evening.
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
East to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.