Swell direction’s moved to the south (it’s coming from 173°) and the period has shortened to just under 9 seconds. Size is down to 1.4 metres too. So, as the pictures show, it was mainly in the waist high range on sets at 0700. It also looked to be less consistent than yesterday, so, longer waits for much smaller waves. Wind was light westerly early and should stay more or less offshore all day.
First tide of the daylight hours is a modest 1.37 m high at 0950. The low is at 1525 and it should stay sunny all day as we head to a 20C high.
The Bureau expects swell to come up a little for the south magnets this afternoon, but I’m not expecting a dramatic change. Beyond that, well, it’s Friday, so that means we have a freshly baked forecast from the mighty Goat.
A trough is situated over the Tasman Sea and will continue to move east away from the state today. A cold front is pushing off the southern coast this morning with fresh to strong southwesterly flow across most coastal waters. Another cold front is expected to cross southeast New South Wales on the weekend, bringing strong to gale force southwesterly winds across central and southern parts of the coast.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast
West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore during the morning.
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Southeasterly below 1 metre, tending southerly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 2 metres by early evening.
Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Saturday 15 May
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
Westerly 20 to 30 knots tending southwesterly 25 to 30 knots in the early afternoon.
2 to 3 metres.
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending southwesterly around 1 metre during the morning, then tending southerly 2 to 3 metres by early evening.
Easterly around 1 metre.
Sunday 16 May
Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots turning westerly 10 to 15 knots during the morning.
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Southerly 2 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.