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Big Bay Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 7 pm Friday 27 May 2022 SAST
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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 14.5 °C (Statistics for 27 May 1981-2005 - mean: 16.7 max: 17.6 min: 15.6 °C)
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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 14.5 °C (Statistics for 27 May 1981-2005 - mean: 16.7 max: 17.6 min: 15.6 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Big Bay (light winds from the E at Robben Island 8 km from Big Bay).

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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Big Bay this week:

The surf forecast for Big Bay over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Saturday (May 28) at 2AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 2.0m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 0.6m and 10s. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Big Bay in the next 12 days are 4.0m 16s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 31) at 5PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-onshore at the time the swell arrives.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 2AM (Sat 28th May)6.5ft (2.0m) 12s
Best Surf 5PM (Tue 31st May)13ft (4.0m) 16s
Most Powerful 5PM (Tue 31st May)13ft (4.0m) 16s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Big Bay over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Saturday
28
Sunday
29
Monday
30
Tuesday
31
Wednesday
01
Thursday
02
Friday
03
Saturday
04
Sunday
05
Monday
06
Tuesday
07
Wed
08
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
5203255534510765555557534312545555544
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.6.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.24.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.48.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.72.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.96.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.192.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.216.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.240.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.264.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.288.cc23
2
SSW
1.7
SSW
1.6
SSW
2.5
SW
2.4
SW
3
SW
3
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.1
SW
3
SW
4
SW
3.5
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
2.3
SW
2.5
SW
2.4
SW
2.5
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.3
SW
2
SW
1.7
WSW
1.4
SW
1.2
SW
2
WSW
1.8
WSW
2
WSW
2.5
SW
3
SSW
2.5
S
2.5
S
1.5
S
1.6
S
121212111211121313121216141312121214131417141313121115131212111212111112
1121754648147316272418272425962290127228028828557030412237171314942357201228225230294418621279769431623130996510981656212819141538545698
5
NNW
15
NNW
25
NW
15
NW
25
SSW
15
S
5
E
5
N
15
WNW
10
N
5
N
5
SW
5
ESE
5
SSE
10
S
10
SE
10
SSE
15
SSE
15
SSE
10
ESE
5
S
10
ENE
20
NNE
10
NNW
10
NNE
20
N
15
WNW
10
SSE
15
SSE
20
SSE
15
SE
10
ESE
10
SSE
10
E
10
ENE
10
S
cross-
on
cross-
on
ononcrosscross-
off
offcross-
on
oncrossglasscross-
on
glassglasscross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
on
crosscrossoncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
1:49AM
1.43
2:20PM
1.35
2:23AM
1.44
2:52PM
1.37
2:55AM
1.44
3:24PM
1.38
3:28AM
1.42
3:56PM
1.37
4:01AM
1.39
4:29PM
1.34
4:34AM
1.33
5:04PM
1.30
5:09AM
1.27
5:42PM
1.25
5:46AM
1.20
6:25PM
1.20
6:29AM
1.13
7:14PM
1.17
7:23AM
1.07
8:14PM
1.16
8:34AM
1.04
9:19PM
1.18
9:52AM
1.05
8:10AM
0.17
8:17PM
0.29
8:41AM
0.15
8:50PM
0.28
9:12AM
0.15
9:23PM
0.28
9:44AM
0.17
9:57PM
0.30
10:16AM
0.21
10:31PM
0.33
10:49AM
0.25
11:07PM
0.39
11:24AM
0.31
11:46PM
0.45
12:02PM
0.37
12:31AM
0.51
12:46PM
0.42
1:27AM
0.55
1:39PM
0.47
2:36AM
0.55
2:44PM
0.50
3:50AM
0.51
3:54PM
0.49

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

Saturday
28
Sunday
29
Monday
30
Tuesday
31
Wednesday
01
Thursday
02
Friday
03
Saturday
04
Sunday
05
Monday
06
Tuesday
07
Wed
08
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-7:39--7:39--7:41--7:41--7:41--7:41--7:43--7:43--7:43--7:45--7:45--7:46-
--5:45--5:45--5:45--5:45--5:45--5:45--5:45--5:44--5:44--5:44--5:44--5:44

Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 20mm), heaviest during Sun morning. Very mild (max 18°C on Sat afternoon, min 13°C on Sat morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Mon night. Very mild (max 19°C on Thu afternoon, min 14°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Warm (max 29°C on Sat afternoon, min 15°C on Thu night). Winds increasing (light winds from the S on Fri afternoon, fresh winds from the NNW by Sun afternoon).

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 27°C on Wed afternoon, min 16°C on Mon morning). Wind will be generally light.

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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 12 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.