Not my idea of surfable this morning at Dee Why, but several hardy types disagreed. As the pictures show, the 15-20kt ESE wind is smashing the surface conditions. This morning’s showers are set to ease off as the day goes along, but the Bureau tells us the showery weather will continue for the next 7 days. Just for the record, as I was typing this up, swell at sea was 1.6 metres at 6 seconds from 132°. Unsurprisingly water quality has gone downhill with most beaches on our side of the harbour showing as ‘pollution likely’. So in addition to the waves being really bad, you could also pick up an unfriendly microbe.
Outlook surf wise is for the weak and junky stuff to be our reality well into January. The waves will return, so stay safe, mask up and let’s make the best of it.
A low pressure trough along the northern New South Wales coast is weakening, while a weak high lies over the southern Tasman Sea. This high is expected to decay during Wednesday, although another high should extend a ridge across from the west in its wake. Little change to this pattern is expected for the following days, with northeast to southeasterly winds remaining dominant along the New South Wales coast.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
1 to 1.5 metres.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Southeasterly around 1 metre.
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Thursday 31 December
Southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots before dawn.
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Friday 1 January
Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore during the morning.
East to southeasterly around 1 metre.
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.