Solid swell hanging around for start of the week
Sydney Hunter Illawarra Surf Forecast by James Casey (issued Monday 22nd February)
Best Days: Tuesday, Wednesday with the last of the swell from the low. It’ll be windy on Tuesday but bigger. Smaller on Wednesday but lighter winds.
Recap: Well how about that run of waves over the weekend, winds went light enough for things to finally settle down. While it was still a little lumpy there were some nice 4ft waves to be had. This morning was even better with light SW winds and a bit of a pulse in energy with solid 6-8ft sets at the peak of it all.
- Fading E/NE energy from low tomorrow with new S/SE swell. Strong S winds will be limiting your options
- Last of the S/SE swell on Wednesday from the backside of low
- Quiet end to the week with just your localised wind swells and a more typical summer set up
Start of the Week
We’ve probably already had our best day for the week. Today was good, light winds early and a consistent and 6ft+ E/NE swell. Let’s not dwell on the past though, there’ll still be waves tomorrow (Tuesday).
As the low moves to the S and E the E/NE swell will begin to fade but a new S/SE swell will show it’s face tomorrow (Tuesday). This swell originates from the SW flank of the low and will be the last pulse of energy we get from it.
This S/SE swell will combine with the fading E/NE swell and provide another day of solid waves, 4-6ft on the sets. Unfortunately a strong S wind will be present for the entire day, limiting options to southern corners. Southern corners will be noticing more of the fading E/NE swell than the newer S/SE swell so expect it to be a little slow and a bit smaller.
Wednesday will see the S/SE swell but with lighter SE/E winds tending NE in the afternoon. It’ll be biggest early Wednesday morning, around 4ft at S facing beaches, before fading below 3ft by the evening.
There could be a little window of the fading S swell and NE winds turning it on for S swell magnets. Don’t expect too much but always good to get the most out of a fading S swell combined with a NE wind.
End of the Week
For the end of the week we’ll see way less energy out there. It was a nice run though.
A weak ridge of high pressure set up over the Tasman since the low moved south and east will be broken down by a trough. As the trough approaches stronger NE winds will create a bit of a localised NE wind swell but it won’t last long as a S change approaches.
Thursday morning will see NE winds up early for everywhere but the Illawarra where there’s a chance of lighter variable winds. They won’t stay light for long as a S change makes it’s way up the coast later on Thursday and filling in for Sydney and the Hunter on Friday.
For the weekend I would keep expectations down, sorry weekend warriors you had a good one last weekend though. There won’t be much going on with light winds and small waves.
I can’t even recommend a beach day as it looks like there’ll be some showers about too. Fun boards with a bit more volume and a bit less rocker for those that need to get their fix.