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Wintery temps and leaden skies

Hello Friends,

As of 0500 the MHL buoy was seeing 4.2 metres of 8-second swell from the S-SSW. The energy levels shot up very quickly around midnight Friday, but as the pictures confirm, the brunt of the swell is heading away from us.  As of 0630 the air temp at RealSurf HQ was just 10C, skies were dark grey and it was showering lightly. Wind was SW at 13-21 kts.

The only people I saw in the water were at the point – and they were struggling to get into the short period bumps. Pulling on a icy wetsuit in the carpark in 10C temps is not most surfers’ idea of fun, so my guess is that the crowds will be minimal this morning. Oh, and it’s going to get even less attractive once the wind comes around to the south and ramps into the 25-30 kt range. With showers too!

Tomorrow the Bureau tells us the wind will go SW and we’ll get some east component to the swell as the southerly one dials down. Could potentially be a day for experienced riders, but otherwise I’d be holding off until the front half of next week if I was an intermediate or beginner. From here it looks like mainly south swell with SW wind for the early right through to Friday.

Have a good one!


Weather Situation

A cold front continues to move through central and northern coastal areas bring a fresh and gusty southerly change. A ridge extending from a slow-moving, strong high pressure system over the Bight will become dominant feature while a series of weaker cold fronts slip south, brushing only the far southern coastal regions. This pattern will maintain cooler southerly airstream through the next several days.

Forecast for Saturday until midnight

Gale Warning for Saturday for Sydney Coast

Southerly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots inshore during the morning.
2.5 to 3 metres.
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Sunday 19 May

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Sydney Coast

Southerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds turning southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the late morning and early afternoon.
1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the afternoon.
2nd Swell
East to northeasterly below 1 metre, tending southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Monday 20 May

Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning southerly 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon.
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 2 to 2.5 metres.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.