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Witsands ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.5

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Witsands Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 1 am Saturday 08 May 2021 SAST
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Witsands surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Witsands sea temperature is 14.5 °C (Statistics for 08 May 1981-2005 - mean: 17.6 max: 18.9 min: 16.4 °C)
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Witsands surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Witsands sea temperature is 14.5 °C (Statistics for 08 May 1981-2005 - mean: 17.6 max: 18.9 min: 16.4 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Witsands (light winds from the SE at Slangkop 5 km from Witsands).

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1 h 57 min ago

Light
7 km/h
SE
Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Witsands this week:

The surf forecast for Witsands over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Saturday (May 08) at 5AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.7m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 1.2m and 9s. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Witsands in the next 12 days are 3.0m 13s and forecast to arrive on Wednesday (May 12) at 2AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-shore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.4m 5s period and expected on Saturday (May 15) at 8AM.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 5AM (Sat 8th May)5.5ft (1.7m) 12s
Best Surf11PM (Sat 8th May)6ft (1.8m) 14s
Most Powerful 2AM (Wed 12th May)10ft (3.0m) 13s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Witsands 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
08
Sunday
09
Monday
10
Tuesday
11
Wednesday
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
445455544543320201103132121331332200
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
SW
1.9
SW
1.8
SW
2.2
SW
3
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.3
SW
2.1
SSW
2.4
SSW
2.1
SW
3
SSW
3
SW
2.5
SSW
1.7
SSW
1.8
S
1.5
SSW
1.3
SSW
0.8
S
0.8
S
0.9
S
0.8
SSW
3.5
WNW
3.5
WSW
2.1
W
2.5
WSW
2.1
SSW
1.2
S
0.8
SSW
1.3
SSW
3
WNW
3
WNW
1.7
SSW
2.2
SSW
2.4
SSW
2.5
S
161614131312121113121213121111111010131212118111011101013139812121212
667171912701693244523461839126415811587120828202349173373173045933921519322815113772479937157583326221249713431009797124515252094
5
SSE
10
SSW
10
W
15
NW
10
WNW
5
WSW
0
W
10
SSW
15
SE
10
S
15
SSE
20
SSE
25
SSE
25
SSE
25
SSE
25
SSE
30
SSE
25
SE
20
SE
20
SSE
5
NNW
25
NNW
30
NNW
40
NNW
30
WNW
25
SSE
30
SE
15
ESE
5
SSE
15
NW
30
NNW
30
NNW
35
N
40
N
55
NNW
25
WSW
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
glasscross-
on
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
crosscrosscrosscross-
on
crosscrosscrosscrosscrossglasscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscrosscross-
off
cross-
on
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
1:49PM
1.29
1:55AM
1.43
2:19PM
1.35
2:24AM
1.47
2:48PM
1.39
2:53AM
1.49
3:17PM
1.41
3:21AM
1.48
3:46PM
1.40
3:50AM
1.45
4:15PM
1.38
4:20AM
1.40
4:46PM
1.33
4:51AM
1.34
5:20PM
1.27
5:24AM
1.27
5:58PM
1.21
6:04AM
1.19
6:47PM
1.15
6:57AM
1.11
7:54PM
1.12
8:14AM
1.06
9:16PM
1.14
7:46PM
0.30
8:12AM
0.18
8:16PM
0.26
8:41AM
0.14
8:46PM
0.23
9:08AM
0.12
9:15PM
0.23
9:37AM
0.13
9:45PM
0.24
10:06AM
0.16
10:15PM
0.28
10:35AM
0.21
10:46PM
0.33
11:07AM
0.27
11:20PM
0.40
11:42AM
0.33
12:00AM
0.47
12:25PM
0.40
12:53AM
0.54
1:22PM
0.46
2:09AM
0.57
2:38PM
0.49
3:41AM
0.54

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

Saturday
08
Sunday
09
Monday
10
Tuesday
11
Wednesday
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
cloudy
rain showers
some cloudsclearclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearrain shwrsrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudsclearclearclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudscloudyrain shwrs
-----------------------312---------8
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171715161718181916161615151615151515151617181817171614141615151615151716
171715161719181918171615151515131413131618181817161513141616131414131517
7:26--7:26--7:28--7:28--7:28--7:30--7:31--7:31--7:31--7:33--7:33--7:33--
-5:59--5:58--5:57--5:55--5:54--5:53--5:53--5:52--5:52--5:52--5:51--5:50-

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 19°C on Sun night, min 15°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Mostly dry. Very mild (max 17°C on Tue morning, min 15°C on Tue night). Mainly fresh winds.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 6mm), mostly falling on Sat night. Very mild (max 19°C on Sat afternoon, min 14°C on Sun night). Winds increasing (calm on Fri night, strong winds from the NNW by Sat night).

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 8mm), mostly falling on Wed night. Very mild (max 18°C on Wed night, min 14°C on Mon morning). Winds increasing (calm on Mon afternoon, near gales from the NNW by Wed afternoon).

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Information about the Witsands Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Witsands provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Witsands can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Witsands 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 (Witsands) 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 Witsands 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 Witsands, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Cape Town, consider staying in Cape Town which is 29 km (18 miles) away. Other places in and around Cape Town where you can find information about places to rent, and car hire include Bellville which is 40 km (25 miles) away, Robben Island, Kayamnandi and Stellenbosch.