Improving weekend, a little dicey next week

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Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Friday 24th July)

Best Days: Saturday morning around Perth, later around Margs, Sunday everywhere, Monday morning Margs, Tuesday morning Margs, Thursday morning both regions


Continuation of average waves across the South West, with cleaner and much better conditions around Mandurah and Perth.

This weekend and next week (Jul 25 – 31)

Conditions will finally improve across Margs over the weekend, with a good mix of S/SW groundswells

The surf should build strongly tomorrow afternoon, reaching 6-8ft across exposed spots in the South West by close of play, with 2ft sets in Perth. A secondary pulse for Sunday morning should slow the easing trend, with dropping 6ft+ waves in the South West, and again 2ft sets around Perth.

Winds will swing from SW tomorrow morning to the S/SE later in the day, favouring protected breaks, with variable tending S/SW winds around Perth. Sunday is the best with E/NE tending variable breezes.

The surf should continue to ease into next week with less favourable E/NE-NE winds across Margs and Perth, lighter into Tuesday and tending more E/NE through the afternoon.

A moderate plus sized SW groundswell is due into Wednesday, generated by a strong polar frontal progression firing up east of Heard Island, but racing off fairly quickly to the east.

This should build to the inconsistent 5-6ft range across exposed breaks in the South West, with 1-2ft waves in Perth during the afternoon. Conditions look dicey though as a weak surface low drifts in from the west, bringing S'ly breezes across most locations.

As the swell eases Thursday, winds will quickly tend NE which isn't the best either.

Longer term we've got some good S/SW groundswell for next weekend and the following week as a series of strong polar fronts fire up late in our south-western swell window. We'll look at this in more detail Monday though. Have a great weekend!