As the picture above shows, at around 0630 Surfrider Gardens wasn’t looking quite as interesting as yesterday. But it was still better than the paltry offerings along the Dee Why to Longy stretch. The wind blew all night from the NNE and at daybreak it was already 11-17 kts, so the better exposures were lumpy and choppy. Out at sea the east swell was 1.7 metres at 11-12 seconds, so despite the generally soft and full looking conditions, there could be a few sets with some oompf.
The Bureau tells us to expect the wind to come up a bit more as the day goes along and to expect a cloudy day with a 70% chance of a shower as we head to a high of 30C. Water’s 24C and first tide of the day was a 1.6m high at 0730.
Tomorrow doesn’t look too interesting surfwise because we’re going to get a south change. That might open up a few possiblities in south corners, but for Dee Why to Long Reef and Surfrider Gardens to Northy, we’re probably looking at ho-hum sideshore junkiness.
The southerly should taper overnight Sunday and on Monday morning east swell spots could be seeing potentially interesting conditions if the models’ call for light winds early and 2ish metres of 13-second east comes true.
From the look of things, we should have adequate swell through the week, but wind will likely be an issue most days.
Stay safe everyone and have a top old Saturday.
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is directing fresh to strong north to northeasterly winds along much of the coast. A low pressure trough will move over the state today, bringing a southerly change to the southern waters. This southerly change will reach the central waters and into the southern parts of the northern coast on Sunday before northeasterly winds return to most of the coast on Monday as the high over the Tasman Sea strengthens.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast
- North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 20 knots offshore.
- 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore.
- East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
- Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sunday 16 January
- Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting southerly early in the morning.
- 1 to 2 metres.
- Northeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
- Partly cloudy.
Monday 17 January
- Southerly about 10 knots becoming easterly during the afternoon then tending northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
- Below 1 metre.
- Easterly 2 metres.
- Partly cloudy.