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Big Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.9
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.6
Crowds: 2.1

Overall: 4.0

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Big Bay (calm at RobbenIsland 8 km from Big Bay). 2.8m 13 s period swell from SW
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Big Bay Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 1 pm Sunday 16 Jun 2019 SAST

Big Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.

Today's Big Bay sea temperature is 13.3 °C (Statistics for 16 Jun 1981-2005 - mean: 16.2 max: 17.3 min: 14.9 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
3
SW
2.5
SW
3.5
SW
3.5
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.4
SW
1.6
SW
1.5
W
2
W
2.2
W
3
W
4
WSW
4.5
WSW
6
WSW
5.5
WSW
4.5
SW
3
WSW
2.5
WSW
2
WSW
1.6
SW
1.5
SW
1.6
SW
Period(s) (?)1313141413151414101212141415151414141313121212
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)35812417401844353001331423589764441234125839985693789513964122638129325622991276706604655
Wind
(km/h)
5
NNW
5
N
5
NNE
5
WSW
5
ESE
5
NNE
5
NNE
10
NNE
15
N
10
NW
15
N
20
N
20
NW
20
W
30
SSW
25
SSE
20
ESE
10
E
10
SSW
5
E
5
S
10
SSW
10
SE
Wind State(?)glassglassglassglassoffcross-
off
crosscrosscrossoncrosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
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High Tide
/ height (m)
2:53PM
1.43
3:01AM
1.49

3:31PM
1.44
3:38AM
1.46

4:07PM
1.43
4:15AM
1.42

4:44PM
1.40
4:51AM
1.36

5:20PM
1.36

5:28AM
1.29
5:59PM
1.31

6:07AM
1.21
6:40PM
1.26

6:50AM
1.13
7:26PM
1.21

Low Tide
/ height (m)

8:54PM
0.22
9:18AM
0.10

9:33PM
0.22
9:54AM
0.12

10:11PM
0.25
10:29AM
0.16

10:48PM
0.29
11:04AM
0.21

11:27PM
0.34
11:40AM
0.28

12:07AM
0.40
12:18PM
0.35

12:52AM
0.46
1:00PM
0.42


Note: the tide data above is for Beach Road which is 7 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Big Bay.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph

Offshore winds at Big Bay blow from the ESE.
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rain showers
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Summary
clearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Rain (mm)
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High °C
1815151615182322202218161716151412101413151514
Low °C
16141315151623181818151416151413991313141514
Chill °C (?)
18151516151823222022181516161312991413151513
Sunrise
--7:48--7:50--7:50--7:50--7:50--7:50--7:50--
Sunset
5:44--5:44--5:44--5:44--5:44--5:45--5:45--5:45-
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 23°C on Tue afternoon, min 13°C on Mon morning). Wind will be generally light.Long Range Forecast:Light rain (total 5mm), mostly falling on Thu afternoon. Cool air temperatures (max 17°C on Thu afternoon, min 9°C on Fri night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the WSW on Fri morning, calm by Sun morning).

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Information about the Big Bay Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Big Bay provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at Big Bay can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Big Bay surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Big Bay) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Big Bay may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Big Bay is 8 km (5 miles) from the very large city of Robben Island. If you plan a holiday in Cape Town, look for hotels and other accommodation in Robben Island. Robben Island has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as cheap car hire and transport links.