Northern NSW and South East Queensland Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Monday 6th January)
Best Days: Tuesday afternoon through Friday in protected spots, Saturday morning, Sunday morning
A small fun NE windswell pushed in Saturday morning as winds went S'ly leaving protected locations open to the north-east with good waves.
Into Sunday a small S'ly swell filled in across south facing beaches on the North Coast but with average S/SW winds.
Today the S'ly swell is persisting at 2ft across south facing beaches on the North Coast with a light offshore NW wind.
This week (Jan 7-10)
A good pulse of S'ly swell is expected tomorrow related to a vigorous mid-latitude low moving across Tassie today, aiming a fetch of SW tending S/SW gales through our southern swell window.
The swell should arrive during the day and peak during the afternoon to 3-4ft across south facing beaches on the North Coast.
Also in the mix will be a low quality S/SE windswell from a trough strengthening off the coast coming in at a smaller size on the North Coast, but the Goldy should see 3ft waves developing at open beaches during the afternoon.
Winds will be average for exposed coasts though and good for protected locations with a fresh S'ly tending S/SE breeze.
Tuesday's swell will back off into Wednesday but a fetch of strong to gale-force S'ly winds generated by the low as it moves east towards New Zealand tomorrow should continue to offer plenty of waves across south facing beaches into the start of the weekend.
The Goldy will see small levels of SE swell also in the mix from the trough as it weakens and pushes further north.
Winds will continue to be less than ideal for spots picking up the size though and from the S-SE.
This weekend onwards (Jan 11 - 12)
The weekend will see the S/SE swell fade away while small levels of E'ly trade-swell build across open beaches.
The E'ly trade-swell is the one we're more interested in though with it expected to reach the medium size-range into the middle to end of next week as a strengthening easterly ridge forms in the Coral Sea.
There's the chance for a trough or two to deepen in the trade-flow, but we'll continue to keep an eye on this.