Smoke was pretty bad when I grabbed the shots around 0730. I’d say we were down to 4-5km visibility. According to dpie air quality monitoring, we’re probably looking at fair PM10 right now – but we don’t know for sure as there are no monitors on the Northern Beaches. Surfwise it looks remarkably similar to yesterday. There were a couple of people in the water at the point where set waves might occasionally get into the waist high range for a few moments. But the 6-9 kt NNE wind was making the 2m, 7sec E-ESE wind bump look pretty messy and gutless. Not a quality morning out there sadly.
Wind’s going to ramp up into the 20-30 kt range from the N-NE this afternoon, so the bumps will get bigger, but if yesterday afternoon is any guide, it’ll still be really weak and slow – along with being really windy.
We’re going to a high of 28 along the beaches today and then looking at 33C tomorrow ahead of a late southerly change for NYE. Right now New Year’s Day is shaping to be strongly southerly with a potentially useful east swell in the 1.5m, 10-second range… south corners ahoy.
Stay safe and best wishes to our firefighters facing the hellish conditions out west.
A slow-moving high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is expected to remain the dominant feature in the region during the next couple of days. This will result in northeasterly winds along the New South Wales coast until a strong southerly change moves though southern and central parts on Tuesday, which will weaken on the Mid North Coast during Wednesday.
Forecast for Monday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Sydney Coast
North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
2 to 3 metres.
Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Tuesday 31 December
Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast
North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots ahead of a gusty southerly change in the evening.
2 to 3 metres.
Northeasterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
Sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.
Wednesday 1 January
Southerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then tending southeasterly during the evening.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Northeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.