Cold and windy start to the day, but the skies were largely clear and the south swell has picked up overnight. At 0730 it was dead south at 3 metres with an average period of 9 seconds. Wind is straight offshore at 20-25 kts and it’s clearly holding a fair amount of the swell offshore. Sets at Dee Why point were around the shoulder to head high mark, but pretty inconsistent. It’s a foot or two bigger up the beach and the sets are considerably more frequent.
The offshores are set to swing gradually around to the south by midday and then the Bureau tells us that we’ll be seeing 35-45 kts.
Tide was low at 0730 and will hit a modest high around 1420.
Swell is expected to build from the present 3-5 metres to 5-6 metres by dark and then to stick around at about that level through tomorrow.
Unfortunately, surf options look like being pretty limited thanks to the powering southerlies – which are forecast to be strong through Sunday and into early next week.
Definitely not beginner material this weekend.
Go well with your Friday one and all!
A low pressure system over the southwestern Tasman Sea is deepening and a high pressure system near the Bight strengthens a ridge to the east. A strong pressure gradient is developing between these two systems and winds along New South Wales coast are increasing. The low will deepen further during Saturday before moving towards New Zealand on Sunday with winds expected to ease.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Southwesterly 30 to 45 knots tending southerly 35 to 45 knots in the middle of the day.
3 to 4 metres increasing to 5 metres during the morning then decreasing to 4 metres by early evening.
Southerly 3 to 5 metres increasing to 5 to 6 metres this afternoon and evening.
The chance of thunderstorms offshore, extending throughout from the late morning until late afternoon. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.
Saturday 11 August
Southerly 30 to 40 knots.
3 to 4 metres.
Southerly 5 to 6 metres.
Isolated thunderstorms early in the morning. Isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.
Sunday 12 August
Southerly 25 to 30 knots.
Southeasterly 4 to 5 metres decreasing to 3 to 4 metres from midday.