WEATHER WARNING: Gale-force winds, waves up to 8m high expected to hit NSW coast

We’re being warned to stay out of the surf and to tie loose objects up around the home, with a number of severe weather warnings in place for NSW – including the Byron coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a deep low pressure system is moving slowly across the southern Tasman Sea, generating a large and powerful southerly swell which is set to impact the NSW coast today.

Very heavy surf, with waves reaching 5 to 7 metres in the surf zone, may lead to damage and coastal erosion along the New South Wales coast today and early Friday.


BOM says southern parts will see the larger waves arrive from late this morning, followed by central areas in the afternoon, and the northern coast at night.

“Wave heights may reach 7 to 8 metres late this afternoon and evening about central and northern parts of the coast,” the weather bureau warned.

It’s understood conditions will ease in the south throughout tonight and remaining areas during Friday, however a Hazardous Surf Warning is expected to remain in place until Saturday.

“Beach conditions are likely to be dangerous, and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas,” BOM said.

Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra and Batemans Bay.

A strong wind warning is also in place for the Byron Coast, along with a weather warning for vigorous winds over eastern NSW.

“Strong to gale-force winds are affecting southeast NSW as a series of cold fronts skim across southeast Australia. The last of these fronts will clear the region later today, after which conditions will gradually ease,” The Bureau of Meteorology said.

“Damaging winds, averaging 55 to 65 km/h, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are likely in parts of eastern NSW today.”

“For inland areas, the main threat is during the morning, possibly lingering into early afternoon before easing.”

“For the coast, areas south of Sydney may be affected in the morning and afternoon, while Sydney and north should see the windiest weather in the afternoon and early evening, before easing overnight.”