A chilly 9C at RealSurf HQ around 0700 this morning. Skies were partly cloudy and the wind was out of the WNW at 5-6 kts. Out at sea the buoys were seeing 2.3 metres of 8-9 sec SE swell but inshore at Dee Why the conditions were, as you can see from the pics, kinda junky and weak looking. Sets seem to be around the chest high mark, but given where people were sitting at the point, there must be bigger sets.
Wind is set to come around to the south and pick up before fading again late this afternoon. The Bureau says we should see a high of 17C today and Beachwatch reports the water temp is currently 17C as well. Tide was high at 0530 and is currently running out to the low at 1110.
As for the outlook, well, lucky you, because the Mighty Goat has weighed the portents and last night made his pronouncement about our surf prospects for the next week.
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A low pressure system over the Tasman Sea continues to decay as it slowly moves further east. Meanwhile, a ridge of high pressure is pushing across inland New South Wales from the west. Fresh to strong southerly winds will ease by the weekend as the high moves across, and it will move to the Tasman Sea by Sunday.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots early in the morning. Winds decreasing to about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then decreasing below 1 metre by early evening.
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Easterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Saturday 1 August
Variable about 10 knots.
Below 1 metre.
Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Sunday 2 August
West to southwesterly below 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly during the afternoon.
Below 1 metre.
Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Easterly around 1 metre.