Weekend Forecast 24th -27th January, 2020
Queensland and Far Northern NSW
No one likes to the harbinger of bad news, but please don’t be under any misapprehension: I don’t control the weather. Clearly it hasn’t been the start of the tropical swell-season we might have hoped for this year and the current pattern of persistent northerly quarter winds and low-level Easterly swell is set to continue unabated – not just over the long-weekend – but probably right through to mid-next week. On the upside is there are a few waves to be had. A small pulse of ESE groundswell originating from the remote, extratropical reincarnation of ex-TC Tino fills in over the next couple of days; in all likelihood producing 2 to 3ft sets with occasional bigger ones on Friday through early Saturday, before it starts to wane again on Sunday and Monday.
Long-range ESE groundswell combines with localised NE windchop. Expect slow, increasingly windblown sets in the 2 to occasional 3ft range along exposed beaches, otherwise smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: NNW inshore 10 to 20 knots inshore, tending North to NNE 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
Scope for renewed ESE sets and continued localised NNE windswell. Sideshore 2 to occasional 3ft sets, otherwise smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Northerly winds inshore NNW to North 10 to 15 knots early, tending NNE/NE 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Fading NE and E swell mix. Dropping sets around 2ft exposed breaks, mixing with drifty wind waves at 1 to 2ft elsewhere. WIND: NNE 5 to 15 knots, freshening NE 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Minor uptick in ENE tradewind swell, tending consistent 2ft and occasionally bigger across exposed open beaches, grading smaller inside the points and bays. WIND: North to NE to 10 knots early, tending NE 10 to 15 knots in the arvo.