As of 0500 the MHL buoy was shwoing 1.7 metres of 12 second energy from the SE (131°). Wind at 0630 was out of the WNW at 7 kts under clear skies. Air was 10C (going to a toasty 25C later) and tide was dropping to a 0.6 m low at 0750. High is at 1430. Beachwatch says the water temp has dropped to a chilly (for Sydney) 16C.
This will result in southerly winds easing then shifting northerly along most of the New South Wales coast during the next day or so, while a large and powerful swell gradually eases. The next cold front is set to bring a southerly change to southern and central parts during Sunday, continuing to the north on Monday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore during the morning. Winds tending northerly in the late afternoon.
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Sunday 25 August
Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting south to southeasterly in the middle of the day.
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 metres later in the evening.
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Monday 26 August
Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly during the morning.
Below 1 metre.
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.