Average week, best Friday and Saturday

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)

South Australian Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Monday 2nd January)

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Best Days: Friday and Saturday mornings South Coast swell magnets, Mid Coast Sunday


Tiny waves Saturday down South with less than ideal conditions and leftover 1-2ft sets on the Mid Coast.

Sunday was better down South with a new inconsistent swell although with a moderate onshore wind, while the Mid Coast dropped back to a tiny 0.5ft.

Today the swell was smaller along with a fresh onshore S/SE breeze down South and tiny waves on the Mid.

This week and weekend (Jan 3 - 8)

As touched on last Friday, this coming week will be poor regarding surfing options.

A slow moving high will direct persistent SE-S/SE winds across the South Coast until Friday, along with small amounts of groundswell.

Most of the week, S/SE windswell will be the dominant source of surf across the South Coast, with a small SW groundswell in the mix later tomorrow and more so Wednesday morning.

A SE-E/SE breeze tomorrow morning will create poor conditions, similar into Wednesday but possibly more E'ly before S/SE sea breezes kick in. Parsons will offer the best waves with peaky 3-4ft sets, smaller into Thursday as winds go back to the S/SE.

Friday morning should reveal a better N/NE offshore through the morning but no major groundswell, with a small easing S/SE windswell to 2-3ft at most locations.

The Mid Coast is due to be tiny to flat all week.

Later Friday and more so Saturday morning a new S/SW groundswell is due.

Friday afternoon's increase will be generated by a pre-frontal fetch of NW gales, with Saturday's pulse produced by a better aligned post-frontal fetch of W/SW gales more through our southern swell window.

Only a small swell is due, with Middleton coming in at 2ft, with 3ft sets at Waits and Parsons (tiny on the Mid) with an offshore N/NW wind. A late SW change us expected, but possibly not until late.

On Sunday the Mid Coast should see a good W/SW groundswell, produced by a strong mid-latitude low forming off the South-West of WA, pushing through the Bight while weakening. The size at this stage looks to be around 2ft+, but more on this Wednesday.

Longer term some better groundswell is on the cards for next week, generated by a strong polar frontal progression developing under us, but more on this Wednesday.