Fun groundswell with strong offshores to end the week

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Western Australia Surf Forecast by Craig Brokensha (issued Wednesday 27th January)

Best Days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the South West


Nothing of note the last couple of days with small to tiny surf along with SE winds.

This week and weekend (Jan 28 – 31)

The next three days are the times to go surfing across the coming forecast period, and only around the Margaret River region.

A fun new SW groundswell should fill in tomorrow offering 4-5ft sets across the South West most of the day, easing back through Friday from the 4ft range, with a reinforcing pulse for Saturday keeping 3ft+ sets hitting exposed breaks. Perth isn't expected to see much above 1ft+ tomorrow afternoon, fading Friday.

Fresh to strong and gusty E/SE winds are due tomorrow morning, creating tricky conditions, tending more SE into the afternoon.

Friday will see better but still stiff E/NE winds, easing through the middle of the day and then becoming more variable into the afternoon ahead of possible late sea breezes.

Saturday looks good most of the day, great at swell magnets with E/NE tending NE winds, and then variable into the afternoon.

Our mix of short-range and then longer-period S/SW groundswell for Sunday through Tuesday has been moving around a bit, all dependent on the positioning and movement of a deepening mid-latitude low off the south-west tip of the state over the weekend.

We'll still see an initial increase in short-range S/SW swell through Sunday and Monday across the coast, building to 3-5ft later Sunday at exposed breaks and then easing from a similar size Monday morning.

A secondary stronger fetch of S/SW gales now look to form too late in our swell window, with the low positioned further east, resulting in only a small pulse of S/SW groundswell for Tuesday, possibly to 3-4ft at south swell magnets, fading quickly into Wednesday.

Perth through this period should kick late Sunday to 2ft or so, easing from 1-2ft Monday morning.

With the low moving away to the east quicker than forecast Monday, winds will improve quicker around Perth, with gusty S/SW winds Sunday, more S/SE Monday morning and SE Tuesday. Margs will remain poor with S/SW winds Sunday, S'ly Monday and then E/SE Tuesday.

Longer term, there's still no significant swell on the cards at all into next week or weekend. Have a check back here Friday for any change to the outlook.