Mid Coast Friday; Victor the rest of the period

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

South Australian Forecast (issued Wednesday 28th May)

Best Days: Friday, Saturday down South, Monday and Tuesday down South


The Mid Coast started off slow and sloppy yesterday morning but as winds kicked up into the afternoon a stormy 2-3ft of swell developed best suited to the beaches. The South Coast was clean but small and around 2ft at Middleton with 3ft sets out at Waits before winds shifted more W'ly and strengthened.

Today the stormy swell has dropped back to 1-2ft on the Mid Coast with easing winds creating improving conditions while the South Coast is tiny but clean.

This week (May 28 - 30)

Tomorrow isn't looking too flash across both coasts with a further drop in swell from today into the morning ahead of a late kick in new W/SW groundswell.

Conditions will be clean down South with all day offshores but it may be worth giving the surf a miss during the morning with the small-tiny swell and aiming for a late session when the swell should start to kick a little.

Friday will be the pick of the rest of the week as the groundswell peaks (generated by a mid-latitude low that's currently south of WA) with 1-2ft sets expected on the Mid and inconsistent 1-2ft waves at Middleton with 3ft sets at Waits.

This weekend onwards (May 31st onwards)

Friday's swell will drop back a touch in intensity and size across the Mid Coast Saturday with sets to 1.5ft, but the South Coast should see a new long-range SW groundswell filling in during the day. A kick to a very inconsistent 2ft to nearly 3ft is expected at Middleton during the day, with 3ft+ sets at Waits as winds remain favourable (offshore from the N'th during the morning and then variable into the afternoon).

Sunday looks dicey as a weak change moves through and winds linger from the SE, creating clean tiny waves ideal for beginners on the Mid Coast.

Into Monday a reinforcing SW groundswell to a similar size as Sunday's increase is due and winds should become more variable (tending locally offshore) creating a good morning of surf.

Longer term, as touched on Monday, remains void of any major swell activity as the upper level weather patterns which influence the surface level storms remain subdued. No strong nodes of the Long Wave Trough are forecast to move into a favourable part of our swell window for at least another week or so. We should see small-medium levels of swell continuing to impact the state (peaking Thursday) but no major winter swells are showing on the cards at all. We'll provide another update on the long-term outlook again on Friday.