As of 0630 the surface conditions were bumpy and lightly textured along the beaches. There was a weak, close-together looking knee to maybe waist high little wind swell wafting in from E-SE. You could tell it was pretty uninteresting because there were only a handful of people in the water on a nice Saturday morning. The MHL buoy’s 0400 data showed 1.8 metres at 6 seconds from the ESE out at sea. Tide was coming in to the 1.8 m high at 1030. Wind was very light from the NNE under clear skies with good visibility.
The Bureau has a strong wind warning for N-NE wind at 20-25 kts this afternoon. So there might be a little more activity at selected spots on the other side of the low tide at 1715. But between now and then conditions are going to be less than enticing most places.
We’re heading to a high of 29C along the beaches and you can expect ocean temps to be in the 21C range.
The strong wind later today could possibly deliver slightly bigger wind swell bumps for tomorrow morning, but I’m not hopeful of a dramatic improvement over the low intensity stuff we’re seeing now.
It might improve a bit mid-week, so here’s hoping
A near-stationary high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is expected to remain the dominant feature in the region during the next few days. This will result in east to northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast, briefly interrupted in the south by a weak southerly change on Sunday. A stronger southerly change is forecast to move though southern and central parts of the coast on Tuesday.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
North to northeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the evening.
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Sunday 29 December
North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots before dawn.
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Monday 30 December
Northeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
2 to 3 metres.
Northeasterly 1.5 metres.