Falling flat: No waves to catch at south Curl Curl. Photo: Jacky Ghossein
Curl Curl will need a name change if this goes on. Viewed by some as one of Sydney's most dangerous beaches, Curl Curl has long been a favourite for surfers for its guarantee of a decent wave.
Not so for most of the past week. The city has had bouts of blustery conditions of late, but the direction of the winds has not been conducive to stirring up a decent swell.
''We've had a lot of westerly, basically offshore winds,'' Aaron Coutts-Smith, from the Bureau of Meteorology, said. ''If there's an absence of low-pressure systems to generate the swells, that can [also] lead to fairly flat conditions.''
The near-term outlook shows the NSW coast may have relatively calm conditions for the next few days at least. ''It's not looking very conducive for waves,'' Mr Coutts-Smith said.
Temperatures, though, may lure Sydneysiders to the water's edge. The bureau's forecasts predict the unusually mild conditions will continue for a few days yet.
With only a handful of days until the official end of winter, Sydney is on course to break its record for mean temperatures for the June-August period. Average daily maximums will easily top 20 degrees this month, placing the city on course for perhaps the second hottest August on record.