Forecast issued at 4:05 pm EST on Wednesday 28 September 2016.
A high pressure ridge over eastern Australia is weakening as a complex low pressure system develops in the Bight. This low, together with a strong cold front, will move across New South Wales from late on Wednesday through to Friday. South to southwesterly winds over New South Wales waters will turn northwest to northeasterly on Wednesday, strengthening during Thursday as the cold front approaches. A westerly change is expected late on Thursday or early on Friday as the cold front moves through, before winds gradually tend southwesterly by the weekend as the low pressure system moves offshore.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
- East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
- Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
- Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
- Mostly clear.
Thursday 29 September
Gale Warning for Thursday for Illawarra Coast
- Northerly 20 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots early in the morning then tending northwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the early afternoon. Reaching up to 35 knots offshore south of Port Kembla in the late morning and early afternoon.
- 2 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
- 1st Swell
- Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
- 2nd Swell
- Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
- Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.
Friday 30 September
- Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots early in the morning then tending west to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots in the late evening.
- 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore.
- Northeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
- Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Saturday 1 October
- West to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
- 2 to 3 metres.
- Northeasterly below 1 metre.
- Partly cloudy.
Please be awareWind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
Nearby Coastal Waters
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