Newcastle Beachwatch with Dave Anderson: Monday, May 14, 2018

BEACH WATCH

Low pressure moving slowly out into the Tasman and fresh onshore winds again for today. Surf to remain choppy and windswept with not much protection locally. 

Swell from the SSE at 2 to 2.5m. Wind South and stronger early before easing late afternoon. The banks are starting to change with sand coming out of the southern corners.

Try Nobbys Bank towards the mid day low. Stockton and Seals Rocks to the north.Blacksmiths and south Catho further down the coast. Merewether on the late afternoon incoming tide. 

Patrolled beaches are likely to be closed or have dangerous surf signs up. Sweeps running to the north and best to swim at ocean bathes. Water temp 19C.

- Dave Anderson

HUNTER BOATING 

Winds Southerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots in the evening.

Seas 2 to 3 metres. Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.

Weather Cloudy. 95% chance of showers.

Caution Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

HUNTER BOATING

ARRIVALS 

Yesterday: Brilliant Century, 4.45pm; Shin Sanyo Maru, 7.45pm; HI Boryeong, 8.15pm; China Energy, 11.15pm; Maasgracht, 11.45pm.

Today: Shin Sapporo Maru, 1.30am; Trammo Baumann, 2am; New Expedition, 9.15am; Helvetia, 10am; Houyu, 2pm; Pedhoulas Merchant, 4.30pm. 

DEPARTURES 

Yesterday: Royal Epic, 1.30pm; Ocean Rhea, 5.30pm; New Future, 6.30pm; Asphalt Carrier, 10pm.

Today: Jozen, 7.45am; Brilliant Century, 11.15am; GI Pirapo, 12.15pm; Shin Sanyo Maru, 3pm; Shin Sapporo Maru, 7pm.

AIR QUALITY 

Newcastle Very Good 

Wallsend Very Good

Beresfield Very Good 

Singleton Good

Muswellbrook Good