Northern NSW and South East Queensland Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 20th January)
Best Days: Tuesday morning in northern corners, Friday morning on the North Coast
Moderate levels of E'ly trade-swell continued across open beaches over the weekend with favourable winds across the North Coast and Goldy, while onshores lingered across the Sunny Coast until Sunday morning.
A late increase in larger E'ly swell was seen across most spots ahead of a peak today to 4-5ft on the Goldy and smaller 4ft on the upper North Coast, with even smaller surf to the south. Winds were good and light offshore during the morning but NE sea breezes are already up and blowing across most spots.
This week (Jan 21 -24)
Today's pulse of E'ly groundswell from Tropical Cyclone June will ease off steadily through tomorrow as a result of June dropping quickly south-southeast through the Tasman Sea and over towards New Zealand.
Winds will be less than ideal as well, blowing moderate from the N/NW ahead of strong N/NE sea breezes.
Come Wednesday there won't be much East swell left at all but more so a weak NE windswell that will ease as a weak S'ly change moves through.
The next significant increase in swell is due Friday as an inconsistent S'ly groundswell moves up the coast, generated by an intense mid-latitude low pushing across Tassie and stalling temporarily in our swell window at the entrance to the Southern Tasman Sea.
Only south swell magnets on the North Coast will pick up this swell with inconsistent 3ft sets expected all day ahead of a drop Saturday. Winds should be OK early and variable ahead of E/NE sea breezes.
This weekend onwards (Jan 25 onwards)
Friday's S'ly groundswell will drop rapidly through Saturday but new levels of E'ly trade-swell are expected across open beaches, from a broad and weak fetch of E/SE winds through the Coral Sea later this week.
A stronger increase in SE windswell is due later Sunday and early next week though as a strong surface trough pushes up the Southern NSW Coast but we'll provide another update on this on Wednesday.