It looks as though there’s enough size for a fun surf, but the ocean was looking messy and disorganised this morning on a day that is expected to reach a hellish 34. The wind was NW to WNW in the early morning hours but as of 0700 it was coming lightly from the NNE. Tide was coming into the high at 1035. An hour earlier, the MHL buoy recorded 1.8 metre swell from the SSE with a period of 15 seconds. So, south exposures should be seeing solid sets but mostly conditions will be dominated by the shorter period stuff. The wind’s due to go northerly later and get up to 15-20 kts. The Bureau says the swell mix will change from southerly to NE too, and that means shorter period, choppy stuff will continue to be the deal.
The stiff northerlies look likely to smash it up again tomorrow and right now the Bureau says we’ll get another day of middle eastern summer temps, then on Thursday we should see a south change which will end the heatwave, but overall will leave the surf settings in a pretty ordinary state. Here’s hoping for a little window of surf opportunity for the early Thr & Fri.
Go well, stay cool and take it easy in the heat.
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea currently extends a ridge towards New South Wales, and is directing generally northerly winds over most coastal areas. This pattern is very slow-moving, and northerly winds will increase today and tomorrow as a front approaches. This front is forecast to bring a southerly change to southern parts of the coast later Wednesday, extending to the north during Thursday. Following this, a new high pressure system is expected to drift across from the west at the end of the week.
Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Sydney Coast
- Northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots well offshore in the afternoon and evening.
- 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres by early evening.
- 1st Swell
- Southerly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
- 2nd Swell
- Northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Wednesday 20 September
Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Sydney Coast
- Northerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots before dawn then tending northwest to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
- Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
- Mostly sunny.
Thursday 21 September
- Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly 20 to 30 knots during the day.
- 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
- 1st Swell
- Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
- 2nd Swell
- Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
- Partly cloudy.