Gold Coast Surf Forecasts

Ben Macartney

Ben Macartney's Regional Outlook

Updated 19 Jun 2019 @ 10:50 AM (local)
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The surf heights forecasted for Gold Coast

Please consider your local spots specific orientation to the coast and any local idiosyncrasies that may also effect the swell in relation to this regional forecast.

  • Swell analysis

    Summary
    We’re now in the midst combined SE/ South swell event that holds great beach-break potential across the region over the coming days. As mentioned last week, the source of the South-easterly swell is a relatively weak low pressure system that formed on a deep trough located just off the NSW coast. The low formed just off the mid-north coast and has since drifted away to the east over the last 48 hours. The storm has closely followed forecast guidance; establishing a strengthening easterly/south-easterly fetch in conjunction with a ridge to the south that hit peak strengths of 30 to 35 knots offshore on Tuesday.

    However, it this event won’t get particularly big. Swell potential has been constrained by the constant eastward movement of the low and associated fetch, progressively moving further away from the coast. The storm is also forecast to weaken as it drifts further out towards NZ’s North Island on Wednesday before dissipating on Thursday – and this limits the duration of the strongest winds to a couple of days at best.

     

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