Small clean waves tomorrow, fun Mid Coast Saturday, South Coast Sunday

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South Australian Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 16th November)

Best Days: Swell magnets South Coast tomorrow morning, Mid Coast Saturday and Sunday, South Coast Sunday morning and early Monday


A tiny start to yesterday on the Mid before a new swell and incoming tide offered good sets near 1-2ft. Today the swell was back to a tiny 1ft but may kick a little again on the tide.

The South Coast was fun yesterday morning with a variable wind and new swell to 2-3ft, easing from a slightly smaller size this morning with longer lasting offshore winds from the NE.

This week and weekend (Nov 17 – 20)

Tomorrow morning is the best period for a surf for the rest of the week, but it'll be small.

Middleton is only expected to come in around 1-2ft tomorrow with 2-3ft sets at Waits and Parsons under a moderate to fresh N/NE tending N/NW wind ahead of a late onshore change.

The Mid should be tiny and to 0.5ft with deteriorating conditions.

Friday will be poor with a moderate to fresh S/SE wind and tiny swell. Also the strength of the trough moving across us is weaker than forecast Monday with no significant increase in windswell due at all.

Into Saturday a small increase in W/SW swell is due, generated by a small fetch of strong W/SW winds under WA and through the Bight.

The Mid should see 1-2ft sets on the favourable parts of the tide, tiny in between, while the South Coast isn't due to see much above 1-2ft at Middleton and 3ft at Waits and Parsons.

SE winds will create less than ideal conditions down South, but the Mid should be clean ahead of afternoon sea breezes.

A stronger pulse of SW groundswell is due across the state on Sunday, generated by a better fetch of pre-frontal W/NW gales moving in from the Indian Ocean under the Bight. This should produce 2-3ft sets at Middleton under a morning E/NE tending NE breeze and then SE sea breezes.

The Mid should remain clean most of the day with 1-1.5ft sets on the favourable parts of the tide.

Next week onwards (Nov 21 onwards)

Early Monday morning looks good on the Surf Coast with a gusty offshore N'ly wind, but an intense mid-latitude low will move in from the west, bringing a strong W/SW change.

This will kick up a stormy increase in W/SW swell on the Mid and SW swell on the South Coast but with onshore winds. Average conditions are due to continue most of the week, but more on this Friday.