Weekend Surf Forecast 26 - 28 August, 2016

25 Aug 2016 0

Matt McKay

Swell Forecaster

COASTALWATCH | Weekend Surf Forecast

Forecast issued Thursday, 25 August 2016

With the final weekend of winter approaching, we can start looking forward to prolonged periods of favourable winds and decent groundswells. Of course, if you live in either Victoria or South Australia, that’s exactly what’s on the menu this weekend.

Throughout NSW and QLD, surfers will have to make the most of some messy, mid-range south to southeast swell coupled with early offshore winds (across most locations). Whilst this doesn’t sound great, spare a thought for our friends in the west who will once again have to batten down the hatches ahead of a vigorous cold front.

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An unknown surfer flies through the air. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member: ozjules8

An unknown surfer flies through the air. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member: ozjules8

Sydney, Newcastle & South Coast
Well in short, given that there will be some fun sized waves on offer, this weekend will be better than last weekend. A residual SSE swell will be in the water on Friday, offering junky waves in the 2-3ft range before easing a tad throughout the day. Winds during the morning will be light from the SW before tending S in the afternoon.

Fridays swell will be followed up by a new short range southerly swell that isn’t expected to exceed 2-3ft.  Unfortunately, by Sunday there won’t be too much to get excited about. Although the region will be under the influence of early offshore winds, wave heights will be hanging around the 1-2ft mark across exposed locations, grading to 0-1ft elsewhere.

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Friday
Mid-sized junky surf.
2-3ft across south facing breaks, easing throughout the day. Grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: SW 15 to 20 knots tending S 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Saturday
More jumbled S swell for the weekend warrior.
 2-3ft across exposed beaches early, grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: SW 10 to 15 knots tending light and variable.

Sunday
Lots of foam required
. 1-2ft across south facing locations, grading to 0-1ft elsewhere. WIND: Early W 5-10 knots, tending NE 10-15 knots by lunch time.

Fun waves like this will be on offer across the Nth NSW exposed breaks. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member: liasajanemoffy

Fun waves like this will be on offer across the Nth NSW exposed breaks. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member: liasajanemoffy

QLD & Far Northern NSW
There’ll be waves, but nothing to write home about. A weak low pressure system sitting off the NSW coast will continue to direct a mid-period S/SSE swell up the coast. This swell is expected to peak tomorrow morning at 3-4ft across Northern NSW southern exposures; grading to 1-2ft across QLD beaches. By Saturday, we will see a slight reduction in wave height as our low drifts further to the east. But don’t worry, a fresh batch of SSE windswell is on track for Sunday. This is thanks to the weak low pressure trough that is forecast to impact the region at the same time. Winds will persist out of the southern quadrant over the entire weekend; Friday and Saturday morning should offer the best conditions with SW winds forecast early each day.

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Friday
Mixed up S swell and ESE swell.
1-2ft exposed QLD breaks. Grading to a larger 3–4ft across northern NSW south facing coasts, grading near flat inside the points and bays. WIND: SW 10 to 20 knots tending S during the afternoon.

Saturday
Get out there before the wind swings. 2–3ft across exposed northern NSW breaks, grading to 1–2ft across southern QLD coasts. WIND: SW 10 to 20 knots tending S 15 to 25 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
Messy stuff, keep your expectations in check. Around 2–3ft far northern NSW south facing breaks, grading to 1-3ft across QLD exposed breaks. Smaller inside the points and bays. WIND: SSW 15 to 25 knots tending SE 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

It might not be as big as this but it will still be pumping on Sunday. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member pennykempe

It might not be as big as this but it will still be pumping on Sunday. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member pennykempe

Victoria
This weekend is shaping up to be pretty decent for Victoria’s surfing community. A deep polar low is on track to deliver a solid pulse of WSW groundswell by Friday morning. Wave heights will be in the 2-4ft range across exposed breaks early before building to 3-5ft by the afternoon. The long range nature of this swell means that those of you along the Surf Coast will see varying heights, probably between 2 and 4ft. By Saturday, the swell is expected to build slightly, with wave heights reaching 4-5ft+ across the exposed breaks. By Sunday this WSW swell will continue to deliver. Although this time winds will be out of the northern quarter, making for some great surfing conditions.

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Friday
Not too shabby. 2-4ft early, building to 3-5ft across exposed coasts. Grading to 2-4ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: WNW 5 to 15 knots tending W 10 to 15 knots.

Saturday
Get out there.
Sets to 3-5ft across exposed beaches, picking up towards 4-5ft+ during the afternoon. Wrapping into Surf Coast breaks around 2-4ft. WIND: WNW 10 to 15 knots.

Sunday
Drop everything and go surfing. 4-5ft+ across exposed coasts early, easing to 4-5ft during the day. Sets to 3-4ft across the major Surf Coast reefs early, easing to 2-3ft and grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: N 5 to 15 knots tending NNE 10 to 15 knots the afternoon.

A lot to like about this coming weekend. Photo: Matthew McKay

A lot to like about this coming weekend. Photo: Matthew McKay

South Australia
Successive days of offshore winds coupled with plenty of fun swell from the SSW makes South Australia the place to be this weekend. A new SSW groundswell is forecast to enter the region later tonight. From this we should see some great, initially inconsistent waves throughout Friday morning with sets expected to reach 2-4ft. By Saturday the wave period will drop out and so, we will an increase in consistency.  The swell will be out of the SSW, once again ranging between 2-4ft along the exposed coast, grading to 0-1ft across the Mid Coast. A small increase in wave energy is forecast for Sunday morning before a fading a touch throughout the day. Enjoy!

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Friday
Light winds and SSW groundswell, life is good.
2-4ft across the exposed South Coast beaches. Grading to 1ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: Light and variable tending W 5 to 10 knots.

Saturday
Fun, fun, fun
. Mid period SSW swell. 2-4ft across the exposed beaches. Grading to 0-1ft along the Mid Coast. WIND: N 10 to 15 knots.

Sunday
Slightly bigger and better than Saturday.
3-4ft across the exposed beaches. Grading to 0-1ft along the Mid Coast. WIND: NNE 15 to 20 knots.

Don’t expect anything like this over the next few days. Photo: Dan Wyer

Don’t expect anything like this over the next few days. Photo: Dan Wyer

Western Australia
A deepening low pressure system will move within close proximity to the Western Australian Coastline by Friday. A cold front associated with this system is forecast to cross the coast by around lunchtime. The result? We will see gusty NNW winds give way to stronger NW/ W winds, probably in excess of 30 knots. Unfortunately for surfers, these onshore winds are expected to persist into Saturday, so don’t expect to find much quality. The upshot of these winds, is the generation of a short range SSW swell.

This swell will rise throughout Saturday, with waves in excess of 6 to 8ft expected across the Southwest Coast by the afternoon; grading to 1-3ft across the Perth region. This swell will hold into Sunday morning, again delivering waves in the 6-8ft range depending on exposure. As the afternoon progresses we will see an easing trend in swell and wind. If you’re lucky and know where to go, you may just find yourself a protected bay or point come Sunday.

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Friday
Windy
and hardly worth it. Southwest coast: Messy 3-4ft+, rising crossed up sets in the afternoon. Perth/Mandurah: Windblown 1-2ft+. WIND: N 15 to 25 knots tending WNW 25 to 35 knots.

Saturday
Stay in bed. Southwest coast: 4-6ft, rising 6-8ft+. Perth/Mandurah: 1-2ft, rising with largest sets late. WINDS: WSW 25 to 30 knots tending SW 25 to 35 knots.

Sunday
Solid SSW swell for the keen. Southwest coast: 6-8ft+, largest at south exposed breaks early, easing. Perth/Mandurah: 1-2ft. WINDS: SSW 25 to 30 knots early, easing to 20 knots by afternoon.

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