Mild and overcast start to Thursday with gusty NW wind making for clean surface conditions. There were a few ankle to knee-plus peaks to be found along the open stretches. Swell at sea was around a metre from the NE but the period was just 4 seconds, so it’s really just chop. Plus, there’s a 95% chance of rain later.
Wondering about the surf outlook? Well, the Goat must be feeling pretty frisky, because he rolled out his week-ahead forecast early. Read it and become surf wise!
Have yourself a great Thursday everyone.
A high pressure system near New Zealand extends a ridge across northeastern New South Wales, while a complex low pressure system, with multiple centres, is continuing to track east across the Bight. This low will move continue moving east over the next few days, with an associated trough and cold front bringing increased winds to much of the coast from today and Friday. The system looks set to decay heading into the weekend, as the next high slowly becomes dominant.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast
- Northerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning and again in the evening.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
- Northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon.
- Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon.
Friday 5 August
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast
- Northerly 20 to 30 knots tending northwesterly 15 to 25 knots before dawn.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
- Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
- Mostly sunny.
Saturday 6 August
- Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning westerly during the morning.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
- Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
- Mostly sunny.