Wind was out of the S-SE at 10-20 kts as of 0600 and skies are forecast to be partly cloudy all day with a high around the 24 mark. Swell was coming mainly from the south. It was about two metres out at sea, but with an average period of only 7 seconds, I would not expect it to be doing much of interest in places escaping the worst of the wind. Next tide is a low at 0910, so maybe later in the morning, you might find something in the way of a dribbly onshore bump.
Looking at the various long range predictions for Sydney this morning, it looks to me as though surfers are in for more of this bland diet of marginal, mainly short period and weak wind swell. Not exactly shaping up as a classic January.
Sorry, no postcards for today, maybe tomorrow when the swell is due to arrive in Santa Barbara…
A gusty southerly is extending along the northern New South Wales coast today, as a high south of the Bight extends a ridge to the east. As this high moves to the Tasman Sea on Sunday, a ridge will strengthen along the New South Wales coast.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
1 to 2 metres.
Easterly about 1.5 metres.
Sunday 20 January
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Below 1 metre.
Southerly about 1.5 metres.
Monday 21 January
Easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly during the afternoon.
Below 1 metre.
Southeasterly 1 metre.