Western Australian Surf Forecast (Thu 2nd Jan)

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Craig started the topic in Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 at 1:32pm

Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued 2nd January)

Best Days: Friday and Saturday mornings in protected spots, Sunday morning, Monday morning, Thursday.


Conditions the last couple of days have been a little average with an easing swell through Tuesday that steadied Wednesday and is a touch smaller again today. Fresh onshore winds have developed in Margaret River this morning and should move further up the coast as the day progresses.

This Friday and weekend (Jan 3 – Jan 5)

Today's shallow change is linked to a stronger frontal progression that has generated a medium to large W/SW groundswell for tomorrow. This swell should peak during the middle of the day in the South West and later further north under S/SE tending SW winds.

The swell will ease into the weekend but winds will unfortunately linger from the S/SE Saturday with more favourable SE winds Sunday morning as a reinforcing SW swell fills in, steadying the easing trend.

Next week onwards (Jan 6 onwards)

The week will start off slow with small-moderate levels of SW swell and offshore winds Monday ahead of an increasing onshore breeze Tuesday.

This will be related to a vigorous polar frontal progression moving in from the west (pictured right), and with this a large W/SW groundswell should arrive. This swell is expected to build Wednesday and peak during the late afternoon in the South West and a touch later further north. Winds will be S'ly with the building swell but look great Thursday and offshore from the E/SE.

Longer term another solid swell is due late in the week but we'll review this in the next update.