Good run of offshore winds and fun westerly swells
Victoria Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 17th July)
Best Days: Surf Coast every day until Monday, locations to the east Friday afternoon and Saturday
Monday’s large swell eased back a little into yesterday but remained large across all locations through the morning, settling a little into the afternoon. W’ly winds favoured protected spots with the Surf Coast reefs the pick though a little raw.
Today conditions are much cleaner with a great offshore wind and 4ft of swell on the Surf Coast, bumpy and 4-6ft to the east. We’ll see the swell ease off further through the day as winds shift more W’ly.
This week and weekend (Jul 18 - 21)
These notes will be short as Ben's on annual leave.
The surf will continue to ease into tomorrow, though slowed by a reinforcing mid-period SW swell generated by a front clipping us today. The Surf Coast should hold around 3ft, with 4-5ft sets to the east and a moderate to fresh NW wind will hold all day.
Our W/SW groundswell for Friday and Saturday is still on track, with a strong mid-latitude front that’s currently pushing under WA, generating a fetch of strong W/SW winds, with embedded gales.
We’ll see the swell build in size and power through Friday afternoon, reaching 3ft+ by late in the day on the Surf Coast and likely easing from a slightly bigger 3ft to possibly 4ft Saturday morning. The Mornington Peninsula should build to 4-6ft and then ease from 5-6ft Saturday morning and conditions will improve with a moderate NW tending N/NW breeze on Friday and better but fresh to strong N’ly winds holding all day Saturday.
Wind will shift back to the W/NW tending NW on Sunday along with a new pulse of W’ly swells as a deepening mid-latitude low drops south-east across western Bass Strait.
A burst of W/SW gales might be generated through our swell window, but ECMWF has a much weaker system. I’d expect smaller easing 2-3ft waves on the Surf Coast and bumpy 4-5ft waves to the east.
Moving into next week we’ve got a renewal of windy and building mid-period and W/SW groundswell energy as another strong mid-latitude frontal progression moves in from the west.
The frontal progression will be strongest in our medium-range swell window, south-west of WA (pictured right), but we’ll see large surf moving in on Tuesday next week with what looks to be favourable but strong winds from the north-western quadrant. More on this Friday though.