Southerly swells continue, fading from Sunday
South-east Queensland and Northern NSW Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 17th July)
Best Days: Every morning over the coming days in NSW, QLD early tomorrow, Friday and Saturdy morning for the keen
A large pulse of new S'ly groundswell yesterday morning with 6ft sets across northern NSW, grading a little smaller towards the Mid North Coast and fun waves on the SE Qld magnets.
The swell eased through the day but a secondary reinforcing S'ly swell has filled in today with surf varying between 4-5ft across most regional south swell magnets, building to 3ft on the Gold Coast magnets this afternoon.
This week and weekend (Jul 18 - 21)
These notes will be brief as Ben’s on annual leave.
Two down, two more to go.
A new pulse of S'ly groundswell that filled in today will drop into tomorrow morning ahead of a new S'ly groundswell Friday, peaking during the morning across the Mid North Coast and through the middle of the day in northern NSW, afternoon on the Gold Coast.
This will be generated by a front pushing up and across Tassie this evening, projecting a fetch of strong to gale-force SW-S/SW winds through our southern swell window early tomorrow morning and most of tomorrow while slowly projecting north-east.
A moderate sized S'ly groundswell is expected, but ahead of this tomorrow, we should see south facing beaches easing from 3-4ft, with small 2ft+ sets on the Goldy magnets.
Friday's new swell should peak around 4-5ft across most locations in NSW, with a few stray 6ft cleanups possible, while the Gold Coast looks to build back to 2-3ft at swell magnets into the late afternoon.
Winds tomorrow won't be ideal for south magnets with a moderate W/SW breeze, shifting S/SE into the afternoon, though not too fresh.
Friday looks great with a light to moderate W/NW offshore (W/SW on the MNC) with weak NE sea breezes on the Goldy and North Coast, swinging S/SE further south.
Our last S'ly swell will be generated by a weak front pushing up and out of Bass Strait, with a fetch of strong SW winds due to be generated in our southern swell window Friday.
This will likely just slow the easing trend from Friday as the swell pushes up through Saturday afternoon.
South swell magnets are due to ease a touch from the 4ft range in northern NSW Saturday morning, small to tiny on the Gold Coast, and then 3ft to possibly 4ft early Sunday, but down to 2-3ft into the afternoon.
Winds will be good each morning on the weekend, light W'ly Saturday morning ahead of NE sea breezes, NW tending N/NE Sunday.
Longer term, a fun S/SE swell is due on Tuesday, generated by a fetch of strong S/SE winds off New Zealand's South Island as Friday's front pushes over to the east and spawns into a low. This should provide a fun kick in swell to 3ft across northern NSW.
Following this we'll see the surf building again out of the south later next week as a cold front pushes up and off the southern NSW coast, but more on this Friday.