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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

Coastal Waters Forecast for New South Wales
Central Zones: Seal Rocks to Ulladulla

Issued at 10:00 pm EDT on Thursday 29 February 2024
for the period until midnight EDT Sunday 3 March 2024.

Please be aware
Wind and wave forecasts are averages. Wind gusts can be 40 per cent stronger than the forecast, and stronger still in squalls and thunderstorms. Maximum waves can be twice the forecast height.

Warning Information

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Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is slow-moving. A cold front is forecast to pass to the south today while its associated trough brings a southerly change to the southern half of the coast later today before weakening on the Hunter coast early Friday. Another trough and southerly change is expected to move along the coast during Saturday, reaching the far north in the evening or overnight. A deep low pressure is expected to develop over the southern Tasman Sea on Sunday.

Hunter Coast: Seal Rocks to Broken Bay

Forecast for Thursday 29 February until midnight

Winds: Northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore north of Norah Head. Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly clear. The chance of a thunderstorm south of Port Stephens in the evening.

Forecast for Friday 1 March

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Hunter Coast

Winds: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots shifting south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the early morning, reaching up to 30 knots south of Norah Head before dawn. Winds throughout becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Swell: Northeast to southeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Saturday 2 March

Winds: North to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Northeasterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the morning then tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning. Weather: Cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Sydney Coast: Broken Bay to Port Hacking

Forecast for Thursday 29 February until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Sydney Coast

Winds: Southerly 20 to 30 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Swell: Northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 1 March

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Sydney Coast

Winds: South to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots early in the morning and becoming variable around 10 knots by late morning. Winds then tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Saturday 2 March

Winds: North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting south to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the morning. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Winds: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly during the day then tending southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Illawarra Coast: Port Hacking to Ulladulla

Forecast for Thursday 29 February until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Illawarra Coast

Winds: Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots north of Port Kembla. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 1 March

Winds: Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Port Kembla early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the morning then becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Forecast for Saturday 2 March

Winds: North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning. 1st Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Winds: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Partly cloudy.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:10 am EDT Friday.

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