Changing swell offers up variety
BUSY times in the skies and water this week.
We started off with light winds and a bit of an 'up and down' swell, but the wind quickly swung NE Tuesday and knocked things around a bit.
Then, as a trough moved offshore down south and developed into a low, SW/S winds got to near gale force in places.
Reluctantly, in Qld, the swell began to rise from the south.
As the low moves away we can expect the swell to turn more SE and bring in a bit more wave action.
Agnes Water to Coolangatta
Saturday: Continuing fresh to strong S to SE winds will have lifted the swell to 2 metres, bigger in exposed areas, but wind shelter is a must.
Protected points and corners will be smaller but that's where the good waves will be found.
These winds will stay up through the day on the Sunshine Coast so we're really looking for good tides and banks.
Experienced surfers will find the water temperature has dropped a bit after a slight warming. Rain showers are currently forecast at 70%, mainly morning and afternoon.
Sunday: Morning winds will be south at 15/20 knots and easing on the Sunshine Coast. Afternoon should see more east in the wind.
Surf size will still be in the 2 metre (+/-) range depending upon location and experienced surfers should seek out the protected corners.
Tweed Heads to Coffs Harbour
Saturday: Steady Southerly winds of 15/20 knots will persist through the day. Surf size will be 2 metres, (possibly larger), in the exposed areas and rips and currents will be a problem. Be careful.
Patchy sunshine will be interrupted by occasional showers, currently forecast at 70%, with a possible thunderstorm in the mix. The Coffs region will have nearly identical conditions, both in the sea and skies.
Sunday: The morning starts off with SW winds 15/20 knots and a 2 metre (+/-) swell. Great for the experienced surfers.
Possible rise in swell as these winds may bend outside energy shoreward. Protected points and corners will be best all day, if a bit smaller.
Coffs surfers will have easing S to SE winds as the low moves away and 1.5 to 2 metres of easing swell.
Southeast Coast Waters, Double Island Point to Point Danger: Saturday: S to SE winds 20/30 knots.
Byron Coast: Cape Byron to Coffs Harbour: Saturday: S winds 15/20 knots.
Disclaimer: This forecast is prepared the previous Thursday in order to satisfy newspaper production requirements. As conditions may change, it is always recommended that you take a good look before ever entering a surf zone.