Tuesday morning the best before a period of small waves

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Eastern Tasmania Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Monday 26th May)

Best Days: Tuesday morning south swell magnets, later Thursday and Friday at south swell magnets


A couple of pulses of S'ly groundswell offered plenty of waves across the coast over the weekend, although Sunday was the pick with the better winds for south swell magnets. Today a stronger increase in S'ly groundswell from a better aligned polar front has filled in with 3-4ft sets at open beaches and more size at the magnets as winds remained favourable all day again.

A drop in size should have been seen this afternoon due to the front racing off to the east towards New Zealand with much smaller surf due tomorrow.

This week (May 26 - 30)

As touched on above, today's S'ly swell should of eased this afternoon and will drop rapidly overnight as a result of the frontal system generating the swell racing off quickly towards New Zealand and out of our swell window. South facing beaches should still see 2-3ft sets with smaller waves at open beaches under a fresh to strong N/NW breeze.

Come Wednesday there isn't expected to be much surf left around at all, with a NE windswell not likely to offer much above 1ft across open beaches as a change sweeps through.

Moving into the end of the week, a slight increase in S'ly swell is due across south swell magnets later Thursday and Friday morning but only to 1-2ft max (tiny at open beaches). This should be generated by a weak but broad polar front developing to the south of the state tomorrow before projecting north-east towards New Zealand. Winds will be favourable Friday with a persistent W/NW wind so if you're desperate for a wave it might be worth scouting around.

This weekend onwards (May 31st onwards)

Friday's small S'ly swell will fade through Saturday and there's nothing really major on the cards for the rest of the period with a possible small NE windswell followed by a S'ly windswell early next week. With this in mind it will be worth making the most of tomorrow's window of easing swell.