Weekend Surf Forecast 8 - 10 Jun, 2018

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COASTALWATCH | WEEKEND SURF FORECAST

Issued Thursday, 7 June 2018

 A large WSW swell moves across the bight with projected offshore winds for SA and Victoria. East Coast sees smaller E’ly swell and WA gets stormy. 

A large polar low moves in a zonal west to east path across the bight and projects a WSW swell to SA Friday before pushing into Victoria Saturday. This captures the best conditions for the country as we see a wide high pressure system in the Tasman rotate a N flow over its western flank, triggering offshore winds on the bight during the WSW swell event. 

A lighter wind pattern over NSW cleans up small scale swell, while moderate E’ly wind and tradeswell show towards Qld. On a whole 'nother level is WA, with yet another mix of unsettled and raw overlapping SW swells building with larger winter storm surf.  


The bight is where the action is this weekend

The bight is where the action is this weekend


Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
A high pressure system begins to broaden over the state and drifts east over the weekend. Surface conditions return favourable Friday and Saturday with a rotation of NW wind around this high but surf is looking small. Open beaches will be the pick capturing small SE groundswell and residual E wave energy to top off around 2ft range. Possible new S windswell pushes up Sunday under strengthening S’ly flow through the day.


Friday
Residual E swell while winds tend offshore
. Leftover straight 2 to 3ft sets for open exposures early, then decreasing in afternoon. Tending smaller 1ft sets in bays and points. WIND: N 10 to 15 knots and possibly strengthening NW during the day.


Saturday
Clean with possible low range E swell on open areas
. Offshores early with speculatively 1-2ft sets on open beaches between lulls. Tending smaller to near flat in bay and points. WIND: Variable NW to W, shifty 5 to 15 knots during the day.


Sunday
SSE swell increases through the day
. S windswell rises bumpy 2 to 3ft surf on south exposure before SE swell increases larger 3-5ft sets through the later afternoon. Tending smaller in protected bays and points with rise of 2 to 3ft SE swell wrap later in the day. WIND: SSW 10 to 20 knots tending SE 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.


Some smaller E waves should shape up somewhere over east.

Some smaller E waves should shape up somewhere over east.


Queensland and Far Northern NSW
A high pressure system sets up a SE to E wind pattern projecting a steady E swell from the central Tasman Sea. Textured conditions will be a problem Friday and show a lumpy mix of steady short and mid period waves. From Saturday to Sunday, easing winds turn light and variable, helping to gradually settle the straight swell conditions. 


Friday
E and SE swell with onshores
. Steady overlapping 3 to 5ft+ sets, grading 2-3ft+ inside the points and bays. WIND: E to SE 10 to 15 knots.


Saturday
Easing winds with steady combination of E’ly swells
. Open areas settling out crossed 3-4ft+ sets, tending smaller inside bays and point 2-3ft. WIND: Variable E to SE to 10 knots, tending calm at times.


Sunday
Settling E swell as winds fade
. Easing but still steady mid range sets for open areas. Exposed breaks holding 2-4ft, grading to 1-2ft inside the points and bays. WIND: Early light and variable tending SW 10 knots during the afternoon.


Marine Winds forecasted across the country Saturday morning. Source: BOM

Marine Winds forecasted across the country Saturday morning. Source: BOM


Victoria
W swell will be limited Friday due to swell direction but a larger SW groundswell sourcing from under WA will add solid long period sets through Saturday and Sunday. A variable offshore wind flow could produce potentially good surf conditions. 


Friday
Selective W swell wrap and offshore wind. 
New W swell wraps to exposures but grooming NW winds knock down wave heights to 1 to 3ft for exposed beaches. Grading smaller with only occasional 1ft sets appearing along the Surf Coast reefs. WIND: NW 15 to 20 knots early, tending 10 to 15 knots in afternoon.


Saturday
Clean early with building SW swell.
Increasing deepwater SW groundswell shows inconsistent sets between lulls, tending between 3 to 6ft along the exposed beaches, wrapping 3ft range along the Surf Coasts. WIND: W to 10 knots, shifting SW 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.


Sunday
SW groundswell goes best early.
3 to 4ft sets along the exposed beaches. Grading 2ft on Surf coast. WIND: Calm to variable E to 10 knots during the day.


What a groundswell sets can do when winds cooperate. pic: Dan Wyer

What a groundswell sets can do when winds cooperate. pic: Dan Wyer


Western Australia
Not much to look forward to this weekend with onshore winds, tending light and variable for a period on Friday before strengthening into the weekend. A series of cold fronts brings about mixed and messy surf, for increasing wave size but poor and unsettled conditions.  


Friday
South swell slowly eases as winds show light in the morning
. South West: Unsettled 4 to 6ft+, easing later. Perth, Mandurah: Clean, 1 to 1.5ft. WIND: Light variable 5 to 10 knots tending NW 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon


Saturday
Combo of long period SW swell and a rising wind swell
. South West: Messy, 4 to 5ft, rising 6 to 8ft+. Perth/Mandurah: Messy, 1 to 2ft, rising messy 3ft sets. WIND: NW 25 to 30 knots freshening 35 knots between the Capes.


Sunday
Large reinforced WSW swell fills in. South West: Messy, 6 to 8ft+, rising 10ft sets. Perth/Mandurah: Messy, 1 to 3ft. WIND: West 30 to 35 knots, easing 25 knots SW. Possible light, variable winds developing across Metro beaches in the morning.


A decent set wave is on the cards somewhere. pic: Dan Colley

A decent set wave is on the cards somewhere. pic: Dan Colley


South Australia
A strong mid latitude low will track south of The Bight and pushes up WSW/SW groundswell Friday under a shifty W’ly windflow. Waves hold decent size Saturday morning prior to decreasing trend into Sunday. As well, wind conditions are looking favourable with potentially light winds Saturday and offshore NE winds Sunday.


Friday
Long period WSW/SW groundswell fills in
. South Coast: Clean in areas, 2 to 4ft, rising 4ft+. Mid Coast: Windblown combo wind swell, rising groundswell, 1 to 2ft, rising 3ft. WIND: NW at 30 to 35 knots, easing and tending WSW later.


Saturday
WSW/SW groundswell peaks early as winds begin to settle. South Coast: Bumpy, 3 to 5ft. Largest at magnets. Mid Coast: Mostly clean, 1 to 2ft+. WIND: South, SSW 10 to 15 knots, easing and tending SE in the afternoon.


Sunday
SW groundswell eases prior to a overlapping pulse later
. South Coast: Clean, 2 to 3ft, easing. Mid Coast: Clean, 0.5 to 1ft. WIND: ENE, NE at 10 to 15 knots tending NNE and easing in the afternoon. 


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