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Buffalo Bay Surf Forecast / Garden Route / South Africa

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 1 am Monday 23 May 2022 SAST
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Buffalo Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Buffalo Bay sea temperature is 19.8 °C (Statistics for 23 May 1981-2005 - mean: 18.6 max: 19.7 min: 16.5 °C)
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Buffalo Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Buffalo Bay sea temperature is 19.8 °C (Statistics for 23 May 1981-2005 - mean: 18.6 max: 19.7 min: 16.5 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Buffalo Bay (light winds from the NE at Knysna 10 km from Buffalo Bay).

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Light
6 km/h
NE
Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Buffalo Bay this week:

The surf forecast for Buffalo Bay over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Monday (May 23) at 5AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 2.5m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 0.2m and 9s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Buffalo Bay in the next 12 days are 4.5m 14s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 24) at 8PM. Winds are predicted to be offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 4.0m 10s period and expected on Sunday (May 29) at 5PM.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 5AM (Mon 23rd May)8ft (2.5m) 12s
Best Surf 8PM (Tue 24th May)15ft (4.5m) 14s
Most Powerful 8PM (Tue 24th May)15ft (4.5m) 14s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Buffalo 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
Monday
23
Tuesday
24
Wednesday
25
Thursday
26
Friday
27
Saturday
28
Sunday
29
Monday
30
Tuesday
31
Wednesday
01
Thursday
02
Friday
03
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
555677666666655555215552334444435554
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
2.3
SW
2.2
SW
2.3
SW
3.5
SW
4
SW
4
SSW
3.5
SW
3.5
SW
3.5
SSW
3.5
SSW
3.5
SSW
3
SSW
3
SSW
3
SSW
2.5
S
2
S
2.2
S
1.7
S
1.1
S
0.8
S
3
SW
3
SW
3
SW
3
SSW
3
SSW
2.5
SSW
2.2
SW
2.2
SW
2
SW
1.7
SW
1.8
SW
1.8
SW
1.8
SW
2.3
SSW
2.1
SW
1.8
SW
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161713581413344855495158350238093631397136883416324225351995137920121018411196179018092538272523211837122611419997738699761053240017121083
0
N
5
E
5
NW
10
WNW
15
WSW
10
WNW
15
W
15
WSW
10
W
5
W
10
SE
10
ENE
5
SE
5
ESE
5
NE
5
W
15
WSW
20
W
30
WSW
30
WSW
15
WNW
10
WNW
5
W
45
WSW
35
SW
25
SW
5
N
5
N
5
S
5
NNW
5
S
10
ESE
10
NNE
5
NW
10
WSW
5
N
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off
offoffoffoffcross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
offcross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrossglasscross-
off
glassoncross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross
10:20AM
1.18
11:10PM
1.38
11:46AM
1.22
12:15AM
1.46
12:46PM
1.30
1:03AM
1.53
1:32PM
1.38
1:42AM
1.60
2:09PM
1.45
2:17AM
1.64
2:43PM
1.51
2:49AM
1.66
3:14PM
1.55
3:20AM
1.67
3:45PM
1.57
3:51AM
1.65
4:15PM
1.56
4:22AM
1.61
4:47PM
1.53
4:54AM
1.56
5:20PM
1.48
5:26AM
1.49
5:56PM
1.43
4:31PM
0.55
5:43AM
0.54
5:47PM
0.51
6:44AM
0.44
6:43PM
0.45
7:28AM
0.35
7:27PM
0.39
8:04AM
0.27
8:05PM
0.34
8:36AM
0.22
8:39PM
0.30
9:07AM
0.18
9:12PM
0.28
9:36AM
0.17
9:44PM
0.28
10:06AM
0.19
10:16PM
0.30
10:37AM
0.22
10:48PM
0.34
11:09AM
0.27
11:21PM
0.41
11:42AM
0.33
11:58PM
0.48

Note: the tide data above is for Knysna which is 8 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Buffalo Bay.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Buffalo Bay blow from the W

Monday
23
Tuesday
24
Wednesday
25
Thursday
26
Friday
27
Saturday
28
Sunday
29
Monday
30
Tuesday
31
Wednesday
01
Thursday
02
Friday
03
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7:18--7:18--7:20--7:20--7:20--7:22--7:22--7:22--7:24--7:24--7:24--7:24--
-5:30--5:29--5:29--5:28--5:28--5:28--5:27--5:27--5:27--5:25--5:25--5:25-

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 22°C on Tue morning, min 15°C on Mon morning). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Sat night. Warm (max 20°C on Fri afternoon, min 14°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Moderate rain (total 10mm), heaviest on Mon night. Very mild (max 19°C on Mon afternoon, min 12°C on Tue night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the WSW on Mon night, calm by Tue night).

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 21°C on Fri morning, min 11°C on Wed morning). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Buffalo Bay Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Buffalo Bay provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Buffalo Bay can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Buffalo 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 (Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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.

Are you planning a holiday in Garden Route? If you are looking for accommodation near Buffalo Bay, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Garden Route, consider staying in Knysna which is 8 km (5 miles) away. Other places in and around Garden Route where you can find information about places to rent, and car hire include Plettenberg Bay which is 36 km (22 miles) away, George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn.