Mostly overcast and rain-promising skies this morning. But wind was light early so surface conditions were smooth and better than that the 1.7 metre 10+ second SE swell was producing shoulder plus sets at better exposures. The marine forecast tells us the Bureau expects the low offshore to deepen – meaning both an acceleration in the wind from the southern quarters and a kick to swell heights over the next 24-48 hours. So, definitely not looking good for beginners or the unfit, but possibly good to very good times for experienced crew – particularly on Friday.
Tide is low at 1010 and high at 1425.
A trough lies parallel to, and off the New South Wales coast, and is expected to deepen today, with a low pressure system expected to form within the trough off the central coast. The low, together with a high in the Great Australia Bight, will work together to push fresh to strong southeasterly winds along the southern coast today, and an increasing easterly swell for the coming days. Conditions are expected to ease on Friday and Saturday as the low weakens and slips south.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
- Southeast to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending southeasterly in the middle of the day then tending southerly in the early afternoon.
- Around 1 metre.
- 1st Swell
- East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
- 2nd Swell
- Southerly around 1 metre.
- Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Thursday 6 May
- Southerly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots before dawn.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
- Easterly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
- Partly cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Friday 7 May
- Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots.
- 1 to 1.5 metres.
- Easterly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
- Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.