Surf reports South Arm

Weekend Outlook

Strong W/SW groundswell building later Saturday, peaking Sunday with OK winds.

Best Days

Saturday, early Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoon, Friday morning.

Weather Forecast

A forecast summary for South Arm for the next 5 days
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue
Mostly sunny


Clearing shower

12° 18°



Clearing shower

10° 18°

Possible shower


Extended forecast
Effective from: Fri 18 Oct '13, 08:05PM

Forecast prepared by Craig Brokensha
Next update Mon 21/10 1pm.

Previous day's summary:

A strong W/SW groundswell filled in yesterday building from 2-3ft early to a much stronger 3-5ft into the afternoon. This morning the swell was still hanging in at 2-3ft, but an abrupt drop should have been seen into this afternoon.

Swell events within the forecast period:

Tomorrow morning is expected to start out slow and in the 1-2ft range but heading into the the afternoon and more so Sunday, a strong W/SW groundswell is expected to fill in. This swell has been and is still being generated by a vigorous polar frontal progression moving in from the west. A fetch of severe-gale W'ly winds have been aimed in our swell window, with stronger storm-force W/NW winds forecast to be generated today, producing a good W/SW groundswell.

This swell is expected to peak Sunday morning to 3ft+ across Clifton under early W/NW winds ahead of a S/SW change during the morning. The swell should then ease from 2-3ft Monday morning, but a trailing polar front should slow this easing trend.

Another pulse of SW swell is expected Tuesday afternoon across the coast, generated by a tertiary polar front sliding in from the west and this should kick up another 2-3ft of swell although winds look average and onshore.

Long term forecast (6+ days):
The longer term remains active with a series of strong polar fronts expected to fire up towards us into the end of next week. This should produce plenty of SW swell but winds may be dicey. Check back here on Monday for the latest on this and in the meantime, have a great weekend!