An East Coast Low is now situated well offshore of the south coast and this system will continue to move south to southeast away from the NSW coast today. This system is generating strong southerly winds and large and powerful seas which will persist into Thursday.
VERY HEAVY SURF which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is likely for southerly facing beaches within the South Coast, Illawarra and Sydney Metropolitan districts.
As the low moves away into the Tasman Sea today, a large southerly swell will continue to push up the coast shifting, the risk of DAMAGING SURF conditions into the Hunter and out of the South Coast. Large and powerful waves may linger into Thursday along central parts of the coast, with a hazardous surf warning likely to be active, before easing.
A Hazardous Surf Warning is current along the New South Wales Coast. Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming in the following areas.
A Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS is also current.
For more details, please visit www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings.
Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Batemans Bay, Moruya and Ulladulla.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.