Well, that didn’t pan out the way I’d hoped. Last night the wind faded out and there were soft, disorganised but potentially rideable looking lumps and bumps at south exposures. The wind forecasts were saying that maybe there’d be an hour or two around first light when it’d still be calm. Alas, by 0630 it was 20-25 kts from the south to SSW and the swell was, if anything, smaller than last night. Good morning to have stayed in bed I reckon.
The MHL buoy was showing 2.3 m out at sea, but it was coming from the SSW, so very little was getting into us. Not that it matters much for surfers today, but we have a deep 1.9 m high at 0830 and then it drops back to a 0.2m 1510 low.
The Bureau has a gale warning posted for out region today and there’s a 70% chance of rain along the coast.
Tomorrow’s going to be almost as windblown and swell direction will still be ordinary. Monday sees the swell direction improving and the wind going NE in the afternoon, but the models aren’t exactly looking exciting. Christimas morning might possibly offer a fun little one in the north corners.
Have a great weekend everyone!
A low pressure trough over the far northeast of NSW is directing south to southeasterly winds over much of the coastal waters, though winds over the far north coast tend north to northeasterly. A southerly change has extended across southern coastal areas overnight, and will push northward to the far north coast during the rest of today. Winds ease in the south during Sunday as a high pressure system drifts across southeastern Australia. Come Monday the high is expected to be situated in the Tasman Sea and to extend a ridge to central parts of the coast, and the entire coast by Tuesday with northeasterly winds predominating.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Gale Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots, tending southerly in the morning. Winds reaching up to 35 knots during the morning.
Around 1 metre, increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Southerly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sunday 23 December
Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast
Southerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore during the morning. Winds turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres by early evening.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Monday 24 December
South to southeasterly about 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly during the afternoon.
Around 1 metre, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning.
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Southerly around 1 metre.