Slow end to the week, options on the weekend then windy and stormy next week
South Australian Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday May 25th)
Best Days: Mid Coast for the keen Friday morning, Saturday morning South Coast, Sunday morning South Coast, Wednesday South Coast
Features of the Forecast (tl;dr)
- Tiny W/SW swell tomorrow and Fri with W/SW tending SW winds tomorrow on the Mid, variable tending W winds Fri
- Inconsistent mid-period SW swell building Fri PM, with a better pulse Sat, easing Sun
- NW tending W/SW winds Sat, strengthening N Sun
- Building mix of low quality SW and S/SW swells Mon with strong W/SW tending SW winds Mon, strong S/SW Tue
- Easing S/SW swell Wed with W/NW winds
Tiny clean surf down South, ideal for bigger boards with tiny wind affected waves on the Mid Coast.
This week and weekend (May 26 – Jun 3)
The end of the week looks average with no new significant swell due tomorrow down South, while a weak windswell looks to develop on the Mid Coast with 1-1.5ft sets due tomorrow and Friday. Winds will be onshore and moderate to sometimes fresh tomorrow, W/SW tending SW with variable offshore winds Friday morning, fun on the right equipment.
The South Coast will be tiny with a W/NW breeze tomorrow morning and NW winds Friday morning with fresher W/SW breezes into the afternoon.
A new, mid-period SW swell is due into Friday afternoon, with a secondary better pulse Saturday generated by a patchy though broad polar low that fired up around the Heard Island region on the weekend before slowly pushing east.
Size wise, Middleton should come in at 2-3ft while the Mid Coast will see some localised windswell and mid-period energy continuing around 1-1.5ft. Winds will freshen from the NW Saturday morning, favouring the South Coast ahead of a W/SW change as a broad, cold, strong low pushes up and across the state.
This low is quite a tricky system with it not being favourably aligned for quality swell production, instead projecting a fetch of strong to gale-force S/SW-SW winds up and across us.
Ahead of the low we should see N'ly winds, strengthening with easing levels of swell from 2-3ft across Middleton and tiny waves on the Mid Coast.
The low will move across us proper on Monday bringing an increase in mid-period, windswelly and stormy waves with no major size or quality. It looks like Middleton will kick to the 4-5ft range Monday afternoon with W/NW tending SW winds, strong S/SW on Tuesday and a similar size. The Mid Coast should come in around 3ft but with no quality.
We'll see a weak front moving in on Wednesday bringing better W/NW winds, but we'll review this on Friday. Swell wise, easing S/SW sets from 4ft are due across Middleton, 2-3ft on the Mid Coast.
Longer term a stronger and better looking frontal progression may generate some better swell late next week but with winds from the western quadrant. More on this Friday.