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Weekend Forecast 7th -10th August, 2020
Another ECL/ Tasman Low develops this weekend: There’s growing confidence surrounding the forecast location and strength of an East Coast low developing off the southern NSW coast this weekend. It’s development won’t have any notable effects on northern NSW and southern Queensland – at least until the low shifts further out into the southern Tasman Sea early to mid next week.
The low’s development follows a significant upper level low and associated surface trough now moving across the mainland. The system deepens over the eastern interior on Friday, before inducing a surface low, somewhere just off the Sydney to Wollongong stretch – or possibly as far south as Jervis Bay on Saturday morning.
That holds potential for a strong push into the 4 to 6ft range across exposed northern NSW coasts during the day , with plenty more to follow on Wednesday. That should see still large surf across northern NSW coasts on Wednesday morning, ahead of a steady easing trend coupled with a transition in swell direction to the SE into the end of the week. At this early stage there’s still plenty of wiggle room for variations on how this will unfold, so check back for an update on Friday.
Over the course of next week, we’re also looking at enhanced long-range south-swell potential taking shape for the region as a long-wave trough moves across New Zealand. Specifically, this is likely to see a deep extratropical low setting up below New Zealand this weekend, before intensifying over the far south-west Pacific Ocean, well southeast of NZ early to mid next week.