Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra Surf Forecast (Wed 20th Nov)

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Craig started the topic in Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 at 11:23am

Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 20th November)

Best Days: Early Friday for keen surfers, same for Saturday, Sunday morning


Monday's swell eased back to a good 3-4ft across open beaches yesterday morning but winds remained less than perfect and from the S'th during the morning. The swell eased a touch further into the afternoon as winds swung to the S/SE.

Fun levels of E'ly swell have continued to 2ft to nearly 3ft across open beaches this morning under light offshore winds, but the sea breeze has just started to come up now and will freshen during the day.

This week (Nov 20-22)

Tomorrow morning will mark a low point in swell activity as we fall between an easing E'ly swell from today and a new E'ly swell forecast for the afternoon.

The new E'ly swell is being generated by a broad surface trough/low in the Central Tasman Sea (right) and should kick wave heights back to 2-3ft tomorrow afternoon and a larger 2-3ft+ Friday as the swell peaks. Conditions will be less than perfect though with early N'ly tending fresh NE winds tomorrow and similar winds Friday.

This weekend (Nov 23-24)

A good pulse of E/NE swell is due Saturday generated by a broad infeed of E/NE winds into a broad surface trough moving slowly in from the west. A peak in size to 2-3ft+ is again expected Saturday but winds will persist from the N to NE.

Sunday looks much better as the offshore kicks in and the E/NE swell eases from 2-3ft.

Longer Term (Nov 25 onwards)

Wave heights will ease into early next week as the surface trough continues moving east, but we should see some good SE swell arriving through the second half of next week off the southern flank of the trough. We'll look at this again on Friday though.