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Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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Sunset Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 1 pm Thursday 22 Apr 2021 SAST
Forecast update in  hr  min  s Update imminent
Sunset surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Sunset sea temperature is 13.0 °C (Statistics for 22 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 17.9 max: 19.6 min: 16.3 °C)
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Sunset surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Sunset sea temperature is 13.0 °C (Statistics for 22 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 17.9 max: 19.6 min: 16.3 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Sunset (calm at Slangkop 5 km from Sunset).

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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Sunset this week:

The surf forecast for Sunset over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Thursday (Apr 22) at 8PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.9m and 15s period with a secondary swell of 1.1m and 8s. The wind is predicted to be onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Sunset in the next 12 days are 2.5m 13s and forecast to arrive on Thursday (Apr 29) at 2AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.8m 6s period and expected on Thursday (Apr 29) at 5PM.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 8PM (Thu 22nd Apr)3ft (0.9m) 15s
Best Surf 8AM (Tue 27th Apr)7.5ft (2.3m) 13s
Most Powerful 2AM (Thu 29th Apr)8ft (2.5m) 13s

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

Updates in  hr  min  s Update imminent
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
Thu
22
Friday
23
Saturday
24
Sunday
25
Monday
26
Tuesday
27
Wednesday
28
Thursday
29
Friday
30
Saturday
01
Sunday
02
Monday
03
Tue
04
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
321232120243245555335454554432344355
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.12.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.30.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.54.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.78.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.102.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.126.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.150.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.174.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.198.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.222.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.246.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.270.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.294.cc23
0.8
SW
1.2
SW
1.1
SW
1
SW
0.8
SW
0.8
SW
0.9
WSW
0.9
W
1.2
WSW
1.6
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.9
SW
1.8
SW
2.2
SW
2.1
SW
2
SW
1.9
SW
2.2
SW
2.4
SW
2.5
SSW
2.1
SW
2
SW
2
SW
1.8
SW
2
SSW
2.1
SSW
1.8
SW
1.6
SW
1.2
SW
1.1
SW
0.8
SW
1.6
SW
1.6
SW
1.8
SW
2.2
SW
2.1
SW
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35759842234220817819416134194711221204929192915411367122815831817204913871305124591011541299933694435330338992885111616821514
5
W
20
NNW
20
NNW
10
WSW
15
SE
20
SSE
25
SSE
5
ESE
25
N
20
NW
15
NNW
20
NNW
20
NNW
15
N
10
SSE
15
SSE
15
SSE
15
S
35
SSE
30
SSE
15
SE
20
S
15
SSE
10
SSE
15
SSW
10
SE
10
E
15
SSE
15
SE
10
SSW
15
S
15
SSE
20
SE
30
SSE
15
SSE
20
SE
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
12:24AM
1.29
12:47PM
1.28
1:07AM
1.46
1:32PM
1.41
1:47AM
1.60
2:14PM
1.52
2:27AM
1.71
2:55PM
1.59
3:07AM
1.77
3:36PM
1.62
3:48AM
1.76
4:17PM
1.59
4:30AM
1.69
5:01PM
1.52
5:15AM
1.56
5:47PM
1.42
6:04AM
1.40
6:40PM
1.29
7:02AM
1.23
7:49PM
1.18
8:21AM
1.09
9:22PM
1.13
10:07AM
1.04
6:04PM
0.40
6:41AM
0.33
6:52PM
0.27
7:25AM
0.16
7:34PM
0.15
8:06AM
0.01
8:15PM
0.05
8:46AM
-0.09
8:55PM
-0.00
9:26AM
-0.14
9:37PM
-0.01
10:07AM
-0.12
10:19PM
0.03
10:49AM
-0.03
11:04PM
0.12
11:34AM
0.09
11:52PM
0.25
12:23PM
0.24
12:50AM
0.39
1:23PM
0.39
2:08AM
0.51
2:45PM
0.50
3:54AM
0.55

Note: the tide data above is for Boneyards which is 2 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Sunset.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Sunset blow from the ESE

Thu
22
Friday
23
Saturday
24
Sunday
25
Monday
26
Tuesday
27
Wednesday
28
Thursday
29
Friday
30
Saturday
01
Sunday
02
Monday
03
Tue
04
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
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6:15--6:14--6:13--6:12--6:09--6:08--6:07--6:07--6:06--6:05--6:04--6:02--

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm (max 21°C on Thu afternoon, min 15°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Mon night. Very mild (max 18°C on Sun afternoon, min 15°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Wed afternoon. Very mild (max 16°C on Wed afternoon, min 14°C on Thu night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the SSE on Wed afternoon, light winds from the SSE by Fri morning).

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 19°C on Mon afternoon, min 16°C on Sat afternoon). Winds increasing (light winds from the SE on Sun morning, fresh winds from the SE by Mon night).

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Information about the Sunset Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Sunset provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Sunset can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Sunset 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 (Sunset) 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 Sunset 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 Cape Town? If you are looking for accommodation near Sunset, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Cape Town, consider staying in Cape Town which is 24 km (15 miles) away. Other places in and around Cape Town where you can find information about places to rent, and car hire include Robben Island which is 35 km (22 miles) away, Bellville, Stellenbosch and Kayamnandi.