Weekend Surf Conditions 17th-19th May, 2019
Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast.
A series of small, long-range southerly groundswells keep the good times rolling as they coincide with light autumn winds and clear skies across the NSW coast. These long-period pulses arise from an active storm-track now in place across polar latitudes; well south of the mainland. The vast distance of the swell’s origin from the coast will mean long lulls at times – not to mention big variances in wave-heights as the long-period energy focuses in on southern exposures – but there will be plenty of waves throughout the weekend and early to mid-next week to boot.
South groundswell levels off at around 2 to 4ft across south facing beaches, inconsistent in the upper range. Grading to 1 to 3ft elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Light WNW 5 to 10 knots, tending light and variable, then to East to ENE seabreezes around 10 knots in afternoon.
Potential for reinforcing SSE groundswell. Sets up to 2 to 3ft+ at south-facing breaks. Grading smaller along open beaches with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early light Westerly, tending light and variable, turning light SE to NE up to 5 knots in the afternoon.
Fading SSE groundswell. Slow sets to 2 to 3ft south facing beaches, inconsistent in the upper range and grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early WSW to SW around 5 to 10 knots, tending light S to SE, then E to NE up to 10 knots later.