Forecast issued at 4:10 am EDT on Saturday 22 October 2016.
A low pressure system over the southwestern Tasman Sea is slowly moving southeast while an associated cold front moves north along the New South Wales coast. The cold front is expected to reach central parts of the coast early Saturday morning, and northern parts of the coast Saturday afternoon and evening, bringing a strong to gale force southerly change. Following the front, a high pressure system will move across southeast Australia from Sunday, with winds easing along the coast at the start of the new week as a result.
Forecast for Saturday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Illawarra Coast
- Southerly 20 to 30 knots, decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the late morning, then turning west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres by early evening.
- 1st Swell
- Northeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
- 2nd Swell
- Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
- Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm this morning.
Sunday 23 October
Gale Warning for Sunday for Illawarra Coast
- West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots shifting south to southwesterly 30 to 40 knots early in the morning then easing to 25 to 35 knots in the the late morning.
- 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres during the morning.
- 1st Swell
- Southerly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres by early evening.
- 2nd Swell
- Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
- Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
- Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Monday 24 October
- Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots turning southerly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
- 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
- Southerly 3 to 4 metres.
- Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.
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
- This forecast is also available via scheduled broadcasts on marine radio.
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The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:05 pm EDT Saturday.