Illawarra Marine Weather Overview
Tides for WollongongHigh Thu 19:20 EST (1.8m)
Low Fri 02:01 EST (0.2m)
High Fri 07:57 EST (1.4m)
Low Fri 13:37 EST (0.3m)
forecast windsThursday: NW 25 kts
Friday: NW/SW 25 kts
Saturday: N 15/25 kts
Sunday: N/NW 15/25 kts
Thursday: Northwesterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Port Kembla in the evening. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres offshore. Swell: Southerly below 0.5 metres. Friday: Northwest to southwesterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Point Perpendicular early in the morning. Winds tending southeast to southwesterly 10/15 knots in the middle of the day then tending north to northeasterly in the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday. Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Outlook Saturday: Northerly 15/25 knots turning westerly in the late afternoon. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1/2 metres during the morning. Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. Outlook Sunday: Westerly 15/20 knots turning north to northwesterly 15/25 knots during the morning then tending west to northwesterly 15/20 knots during the evening. Seas: 1/2 metres. Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.Issued Thu 16:05 EST
Seas: Up to 2.0m
Swell: Up to 1.5m, S
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