Wave of the day. Alexandra Headland.
Wave of the day. Alexandra Headland. Patrick Woods

SURF ALERT: Autumn conditions rolling in

MAYBE it's just me, but I could swear that I felt a distinct shift in the seasons on Tuesday.

Cooler nights, some rain and a little less bite in the sun all indicated an end to this run of extended summer.

The water remains hot, though - 25 degrees-plus most places, so no complaints there.

Surf-wise, we've had a bit of swell at the magnets but otherwise, not so much.

With a couple of lows in the Coral Sea and a weakening high beneath, I'd hoped for more.

But the direction of swell currently being generated is mostly aimed at New Guinea and we'll probably only be picking up remnant refracted swell.

Agnes Water to Coolangatta, tomorrow: Fresh SW winds at dawn will turn early to the SE and freshen. Surprisingly, they're supposed to wither later in the day.

The morning will be fun and wave size will be a metre (+/-), depending upon location. Open beaches will be best.

With afternoon winds supposed to drop off, keep your schedule open for a possible late session.

The Goldy crew can expect similar everything, except that afternoon wind-ease is much less likely.

Sunday: Light and variable winds will be on tap early and small but fun waves on the open beaches will be the go. Get cracking as the SE breeze will mess things up before noon.

Tweed Heads to Coffs Harbour, tomorrow: Border areas, as above.

Byron will be a little different, being on the most easterly point of the continent.

Byron surfers can expect light winds very early and a metre or more of E/SE swell.

Open beaches are best.

The afternoon will see east to SE winds rise to 15 knots and surfing will only be good on the protected points

The Coffs crew will have a partly cloudy day with light winds.

The surf size will be a metre or under from the SE/E and with 25 degree air temps, it'll be a fun day on the beaches.

Sunday: Once again it will be a light wind day in Byron early.

But the good news is that it's expected to remain pretty light all day.

That will be great for the metre or so of generally east swell and surfers should plan a long day in small-ish waves.

Disclaimer: This forecast is prepared the previous Thursday in order to satisfy newspaper production requirements. As conditions may change, it is always recommended that you take a good look before ever entering a surf zone.

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