Swell Forecast: It's Happening, The Great Indian Ocean Double Up
COASTALWATCH | SURF FORECAST VIDEO
Forecast Issued by Ben Macartney 5.30pm 6 September 2016
Image by Joel Nankivell / Southwest Saltwater
A significant amount of swell activity is underway in the Indian Ocean. The season swell associated with the first low-pressure system that has intensified over the south-eastern region to affect Victoria, Western Australia and Indonesia over the next week. Check out the full forecast video above to track the swell.
1st Low: 947hPa located 1,500 nautical miles SSW of Margaret River.
2nd Low: Forecast to intensify to 932hPa on Thursday, generating core winds of 40 to 55 knots.
Western Australia: 1st swell arrives Wednesday and Thursday, generating stormy onshore 15ft plus conditions across the Southwest Coast, while wrapping in across Northwest Reefs at a clean 5 to 8ft.
2nd swell arrives this weekend, peaking across the Southwest Coast breaks on Saturday in the 8ft range under moderate to strong SSE winds, and across the Northwest at 4 to 8ft depending on exposure.
Indonesia: 1st swell builds in Friday, generating a steep rise in set waves to 4 to 6ft+ during the afternoon, ahead of a peak early Saturday in the 5 to 8ft range. 2nd swell arrives at 18 to 20 second peak periods, generating 4 to 6ft+ sets across exposed breaks late Monday/ early Tuesday under light to moderate ESE tradewinds.
Victoria: 1st WSW swell builds in Saturday and peaks early Sunday, generating 6ft+ surf across exposed beaches, grading to 3 to 4ft across the Surf Coast. 2nd swell arrives at 16 to 18 second peak periods late Sunday, generating 6ft+ sets across exposed breaks and holding this size early on Monday, while generating 3 to 6ft waves across the Surf Coast.
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