Dangerous surf conditions expected along Sydney coast on Thursday

Dangerous surf conditions are forecast from Thursday as a cold front moves through the state from the south.
Dangerous surf conditions are forecast from Thursday as a cold front moves through the state from the south.

Boat owners are advised that dangerous surf conditions are forecast from tomorrow.

A cold front is forecast to move across southern NSW with strong westerly winds affecting the southern and central parts of the state from tomorrow until Saturday.

It is expected to extend to waterways across the state including the Illawarra, Sydney and the Hunter.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts these fronts will produce windy conditions for the second half of the week, particularly in the southeast, and cooler conditions on the weekend with two cold fronts which are expected to move through NSW.

A severe weather warning has already been issued for areas near the Snowy Mountains including Jindabyne, with the coldest conditions expected on Saturday.

Boaters are reminded to take extra care and be aware of:

  • hypothermia during winter months.
  • Choppy rough conditions on larger, more exposed bays and inlets
  • High risk of boats dragging or breaking free of moorings, especially in areas exposed to the South West, West or North West
  • Dangerously rough conditions a short distance offshore, even where the ocean appears calm against the coast.

While conditions are expected to ease by Sunday, there may be an increase in the ocean swell that day, making south-facing ocean bars a challenge for navigation.

Skippers and owners of small crafts should be on high alert and check the conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.

Rock fishers should also check weather forecasts before heading out, avoid fishing near dangerous surf and wear a lifejacket.

The NSW State Emergency Service advises that people should move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure or put away loose items around their house, yard and balcony, and keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.