King tides, heavy seas and cyclonic swell bearing down

TUESDAY 5AM: THE Bureau of Meteorology has this morning issued hazardous surf and marine wind warnings for parts of the New South Wales coastline running until tomorrow. 

The bureau is advising of strong winds between the Byron and Eden coasts. 

"Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating and swimming today and on Wednesday," the bureau advised. 

A category one cyclone tracking south to New Zealand and rising swell could see waves up to three metres produced over the next 24-hour period. 

This will coincide with the highest tides of the year, reaching up to two metres in Coffs Harbour tomorrow. 

Conditions are peaking up for big wave riders.
Conditions are peaking up for big wave riders.

MONDAY 4PM: BIG surf is headed to the Coffs Coast this week, as the highest tides of the year rise and heavy surf rolls in from a tropical cyclone that's tracking towards New Zealand over a 24-hour time-frame starting Wednesday.

The rare celestial event seeing a blue moon and lunar eclipse combine with the moon being at its closest point to earth, will result in 'a super blue blood moon' on January 31. This will be visible in New South Wales skies on February 1 from 9.51pm with the eclipe starting at 11.51pm.

This is predicted to produce a high tide of 1.99m in height in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday morning around 9am and a 2.02m high tide on Thursday morning around 9.40am.

This could lead to flooding over tidal and low lying areas of the coastline. 

The blood supermoon will bring the highest tides of the year this week.
The blood supermoon will bring the highest tides of the year this week. Contributed

 

Cyclone Fehi.
Cyclone Fehi. Fiji Weather Service

Weather watchers are eagerly tracking the path of Tropical Cyclone Fehi, which is today off the coast of New Caledonia and is set to bring heavy seas and surf to the east coast from Wednesday through to Friday as it tracks towards New Zealand.

Swell forecasts are for 3 metre waves to rise on Wednesday night and increase in size on Thursday.

Meteorologists are currently monitoring the developing weather event.

Here's the surf forecast for the North Coast.

 

Category one Cyclone Fehi formed today in the Pacific and is expected to drive heavy swell and seas to the east coast this week.
Category one Cyclone Fehi formed today in the Pacific and is expected to drive heavy swell and seas to the east coast this week. The Weather Company

Higgins Storm Chasing reported this afternoon that Tropical Cyclone FEHI category 1 has been born in the Eastern Coral Sea near New Caledonia.

"FEHI is forecast to track South East then South towards New Zealand over the next 3 to 4 days and poses NO threat to QLD or NSW," the service reported posting a satellite image from the Fiji Meteorological Service



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