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Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Mapelane Surf Forecast / KZN North / South Africa

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 7 pm Tuesday 18 May 2021 SAST
Forecast update in  hr  min  s Update imminent
Mapelane surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Mapelane sea temperature is 24.6 °C (Statistics for 18 May 1981-2005 - mean: 24.1 max: 25.1 min: 23.1 °C)
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Mapelane surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Mapelane sea temperature is 24.6 °C (Statistics for 18 May 1981-2005 - mean: 24.1 max: 25.1 min: 23.1 °C)

Eyeball surf reportRecent Eyeball Surf Reports for KZN North

  1. weather stationWind Update The wind is still cross-on at Mapelane (light winds from the NNE at Richards Bay 58 km from Mapelane).

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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Mapelane this week:

The surf forecast for Mapelane over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Friday (May 21) at 5AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.4m and 8s period with a secondary swell of 0.5m and 13s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Mapelane in the next 12 days are 2.5m 13s and forecast to arrive on Saturday (May 22) at 8AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.5m 6s period and expected on Thursday (May 20) at 5AM.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 5AM (Fri 21st May)4.5ft (1.4m) 8s
Best Surf 2AM (Sat 22nd May)7ft (2.2m) 11s
Most Powerful 8AM (Sat 22nd May)8ft (2.5m) 13s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Mapelane 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
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wednesday
26
Thursday
27
Friday
28
Saturday
29
Sun
30
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
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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
1.1
SSW
0.8
SSW
1.5
NE
0.4
ESE
0.4
ESE
1.9
NE
1.6
NE
1.1
ENE
1.4
S
2.2
S
2.3
S
1.9
S
1.6
SSW
1.4
SSW
1.3
SSW
0.9
SSW
1.2
E
1.1
E
1.5
E
1.7
E
1.7
E
1.7
E
1.6
E
1.9
E
1.3
E
1.5
E
1.4
E
1.5
E
1.2
E
1.1
E
1
E
0.9
E
0.9
E
0.8
E
0.8
E
1.4
SSW
1211613137886111212131212149991010111013131212121211111010101012
34917315960563723051381441244157010319586185192972201893756036096465301218573702593628390291231171161122120505
30
N
30
N
35
NNE
35
N
35
N
40
NNE
30
N
25
SSW
25
SSE
20
SSE
20
SSE
20
SW
10
SE
10
SSE
15
ENE
15
NNE
20
NNE
25
NE
20
N
25
NNE
25
NE
25
N
30
NNE
25
NNE
10
WSW
20
SW
30
SSW
20
SW
25
SW
30
SW
20
SW
10
SW
15
E
25
N
30
N
25
NNE
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrossoncross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
offoffcross-
off
offoffcross-
off
offoffoncrosscrosscross-
on
8:11AM
1.36
9:16PM
1.35
9:56AM
1.30
11:02PM
1.41
11:37AM
1.37
12:17AM
1.57
12:44PM
1.51
1:11AM
1.76
1:35PM
1.67
1:57AM
1.93
2:19PM
1.82
2:39AM
2.05
3:00PM
1.93
3:19AM
2.12
3:40PM
1.99
3:59AM
2.12
4:20PM
2.00
4:39AM
2.05
5:01PM
1.96
5:20AM
1.94
5:44PM
1.86
6:01AM
1.79
6:30PM
1.73
1:57AM
0.71
2:40PM
0.68
3:40AM
0.77
4:24PM
0.68
5:29AM
0.69
5:50PM
0.58
6:39AM
0.52
6:50PM
0.42
7:30AM
0.34
7:39PM
0.26
8:14AM
0.18
8:23PM
0.13
8:55AM
0.06
9:05PM
0.03
9:34AM
0.00
9:46PM
-0.00
10:13AM
-0.00
10:28PM
0.03
10:52AM
0.05
11:09PM
0.12
11:32AM
0.14
11:53PM
0.26
12:14PM
0.27

Note: the tide data above is calculated at the surf break location.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Mapelane blow from the WSW

Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wednesday
26
Thursday
27
Friday
28
Saturday
29
Sun
30
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
moderate rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
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-6:26--6:26--6:28--6:28--6:28--6:30--6:30--6:31--6:31--6:31--6:31--6:33-
--5:05--5:05--5:05--5:04--5:04--5:02--5:02--5:02--5:01--5:01--5:01--5:01

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 26°C on Thu afternoon, min 18°C on Wed morning). Mainly strong winds.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 21mm), heaviest during Sat afternoon. Warm (max 22°C on Fri night, min 15°C on Sat afternoon). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Warm (max 23°C on Wed afternoon, min 16°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 27°C on Sun afternoon, min 17°C on Fri night). Winds increasing (light winds from the SW on Sat morning, fresh winds from the N by Sun morning).

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Information about the Mapelane Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Mapelane provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Mapelane can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Mapelane 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 (Mapelane) 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 Mapelane 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 KwaZulu-Natal North Coast? If you are looking for accommodation near Mapelane, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, consider staying in Richards Bay which is 54 km (34 miles) away. Other places in and around KwaZulu-Natal North Coast where you can find information about places to rent, and car hire include Richards Bay which is 54 km (34 miles) away, Empangeni, eSikhawini and Nongoma.