Small W/SW swell all weekend, cleanest Sunday down South

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South Australian Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 18th November)

Best Days: Mid Coast keen surfers all weekend, South Coast Sunday morning


Good fun waves across swell magnets on the South Coast yesterday offshores most of the day ahead of a late change. The Mid Coast was tiny and bumpy.

Today the swell remained tiny across the Mid but with an offshore wind, while the South Coast was really small and onshore.

This weekend (Nov 19 – 20)

Tomorrow's W/SW swell on the Mid Coast is still on track, but likely with a touch less size than forecast on Wednesday. Instead of 1-2ft sets, we should see 1-1.5ft waves on the favourable parts of the tide, under offshore winds and afternoon sea breezes.

The South Coast should offer a touch more size to 1-2ft off Middleton but the SE breeze will create average conditions.

Sunday is the best day to head South with a new SW groundswell generated by a fetch of pre-frontal W/NW gales moving under the country the last day or so.

Middleton should offer 2-3ft sets and winds should swing NE if not N/NE through the morning ahead of sea breezes. The Mid Coast is likely to persist at 1-1.5ft on the favourable parts of the tide.

Next week onwards (Nov 21 onwards)

Sunday's swell is expected to ease back through Monday with easing 2ft waves off Middleton, and you'll have to go the dawnie as an early NW'ly is due to give into an onshore change late morning.

The change will be linked to a strengthening mid-latitude low moving in from the west and across us, but winds behind the change are only due to be strong and short-lived.

With this a weak increase in W/SW windswell is expected Tuesday morning to 1-1.5ft on the Mid and possibly 2ft at Middleton but with S/SW winds.

Into the end of the week there's no decent surf expected with a long-range and inconsistent swell for Wednesday but with S'ly winds, fading into the end of the week as onshore winds persist down South. More on this Monday. Have a great weekend!