TC Winston to bring week's worth of waves for east coastJames Casey, Tuesday February 23, 2016 - 12:47 EDT
After the devastation Winston brought to Fiji, it is set to create an extended period of solid surf along the eastern seaboard.
Since freight training through Fiji, Winston has been swerving its way south and is now looking like it will make its way into the Tasman Sea. At this stage it doesn't look like it will directly impact the Australian coastline, but it will provide a week's worth of long-period, easterly swell for Queensland and New South Wales.
Swell from Winston has already begun to hit southeastern parts of QLD and northern NSW, with solid 4-6ft waves. For the rest of the east coast the swell will begin to fill in on Tuesday afternoon, with waves topping out around the 3-4ft range.
This swell will be sustained for the remainder of the week, not changing in size too much. A fresh pulse should move through over the weekend allowing the swell to peak in the 10-12ft range for southeastern QLD and northern NSW while being 8-10ft for the rest of the coast.
Winds will swing from the southeast to the north and back to the south during the week so there will be plenty of options up and down the coast for a good surf.
Those that are planning on heading out do take caution as these waves will be quite powerful due to the long fetch. If in doubt, don't go out.
© Weatherzone 2016
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