Poor outlook continues

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

South Australian Forecast (issued Wednesday 3rd December)

Best Days: No good days, Sunday morning in protected spots down South for desperate surfers


Yesterday was alright down South through the morning with peaky clean conditions under a light NE breeze, while a new swell showed through the day, rising to 2-3ft at Middleton and 3-4ft at Waits.

This morning conditions became more lined up under a straighter N/NE offshore wind but the swell backed off a touch to the smaller 2ft range at Middleton with 3ft sets out at Waits. Sea breezes have since kicked in, writing off the surf for the rest of the day.

This week and weekend (Dec 4 - 7)

The end of this week and weekend are looking poor at best.

There's no significant groundswell on the cards for the region, and a weak surface low sitting to our west will slip across us tomorrow morning bringing onshore W/SW tending S/SW winds to the South Coast with small amounts of swell.

This trough is then expected to stall over eastern Victoria and deepen resulting in strengthening S/SW winds Friday that will be stronger into Saturday from the S/SE, kicking up a junky 3ft or so of S/SE windswell.

The trough should start to weaken into Sunday and as a result winds should swing more E/SE through the morning with a peaky easing 3ft of S/SE windswell. It won't be great, but protected points from the easterly wind should be surfable.

The Mid Coast isn't expected to see any major swell with tiny to flat conditions expected through the coming period.

Next Monday onwards (Dec 6 onwards)

There's no real improvement in the outlook into early next week besides winds backing off and reverting to the S/SW Monday and likely to the W/NW around Victor early Tuesday but there'll be only small to tiny amounts of swell around.

For the second half of the week some better SW and then S/SW is due, but besides W/NW winds Thursday morning, onshore winds will again spoil the party on Friday and into the following weekend.

Check back here on Friday for any change to this grim outlook.