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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

Coastal Waters Forecast for New South Wales
Southern Zones: Port Hacking to Gabo Island

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

For latest warnings go to www.bom.gov.au, subscribe to RSS feeds, call 1300 659 210* or listen for warnings on relevant TV and radio broadcasts.

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.

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.

Batemans Coast: Ulladulla to Montague Island

Forecast for Thursday 29 February until midnight

Winds: Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Moruya Heads in the evening. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 1 March

Winds: Southerly 10 to 15 knots shifting east to northeasterly below 10 knots early in the morning. 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 north of Moruya Heads in the morning.

Forecast for Saturday 2 March

Winds: Variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore by early evening. Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Moruya Heads.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Winds: Southerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable below 10 knots during the morning then becoming south to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots during the afternoon. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Moruya Heads. Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Eden Coast: Montague Island to Gabo Island

Forecast for Thursday 29 February until midnight

Winds: South to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres. Swell: Northeasterly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore north of Merimbula.

Forecast for Friday 1 March

Winds: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to below 10 knots early in the morning then becoming north to northeasterly in the morning. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. 1st Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning. 2nd Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Saturday 2 March

Winds: South to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the middle of the day then decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Winds: Southwesterly 25 to 35 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon or evening. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore during the evening. Weather: Partly cloudy.

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

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