Macquarie Coastal Waters Forecast: Smoky Cape to Seal Rocks

View the current warnings for New South Wales

Forecast issued at 4:05 pm EST on Monday 4 July 2022.

Weather Situation

The East Coast Low decayed into a trough over the Hunter district overnight, while a strong high over the Great Australian Bight extends a ridge to the southern Tasman Sea. The combination of these features is bringing strong to gale force winds and large surf about central parts of the coast. The trough will linger about the northern half of the coast on Tuesday, with winds and surf easing during Wednesday or Thursday. The high is expected to drift across southeast Australia to the Tasman Sea mid-week, after which there are indications that a new trough may move along the coast.

Forecast for Monday until midnight

Winds
Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 2 metres.
2nd Swell
Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Crowdy Head.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Tuesday 5 July

Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Macquarie Coast

Winds
Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly 15 to 20 knots before dawn. Winds reaching up to 30 knots south of Port Macquarie during the afternoon and evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres.
2nd Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre later in the evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of rain.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Wednesday 6 July

Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots turning southerly 20 to 30 knots in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers.

Thursday 7 July

Winds
Southerly 20 to 30 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 25 knots during the day.
Seas
2 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Southeasterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers.

Please be awareWind 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.

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The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:10 am EST Tuesday.

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