- The swell of the buildings mixes Saturday and Sunday with cool, rainy and windy weather
- Strongest surf (head up to overhead) from New England to the Outer Banks
- Some areas see conditions improving on Sunday; The northeast is cleaner and improving on Monday as the swell mixture subsides
Memorial Day Weekend – this is the unofficial launching pad in the summer. But it won’t be like summer for the eastern half of the country – and certainly not along the coast. A late season cold front is moving, lowering the air temperature 20 to 30 degrees from what we’ve seen in recent days north of the Mason-Dixon Line. But apart from that last breath of fresh air before summer, the front will offer surfing, especially in parts of the Northeast.
Summer is almost here: check your surfing outlook in the Atlantic
Senior forecaster Mike Watson breaks down the waves for Memorial Day weekend.
With our summer outlook showing a bleak forecast for June surfing, you’ll want to make sure you get wet on the holiday weekend, windy or not. Forecaster Tim Kent explains what to expect over the next few days:
“A frontal border descends along the coast on Friday, sending unusually cool temperatures and unstable weather conditions into the southeast. Conditions won’t be perfect, but in terms of size it will probably be the juiciest surf we’ll see until the next tropical swell hits – and that could take several months.
East Coast Forecast: New England |New York | New Jersey | Outer Banks | South East | Central florida
Tropical Storm Ana saved our spring, bringing widespread waves to the East Coast – the upcoming round won’t be as clean or as powerful, but a few areas could see their conditions come together. (Watch more live webcams.)
The surf comes from several low pressure waves crossing the mid-Atlantic waters and heading northeast along the frontal border during the holiday weekend. We will see strong gale force NE / ENE winds from New England towards the Outer Banks – providing very good head-high E / ENE swell shot through Sunday. It will be lower mid-term, so don’t expect swell from Tropical Storm Ana last weekend, but the mixed swell should result in some punchy, sharp waves.
East Coast water temperature update and forecast
However, conditions are dire for most breaks on Saturday and Sunday mornings as strong winds and wet weather rock the beaches. With the frontal limit and the low pressures weighing near the coast, there is always some uncertainty regarding local winds. Closely follow your regional forecast for updates, but generally watch for improving conditions on Sunday afternoon in key areas like western Long Island, southern Jersey and Delmarva. By Monday, the E / ENE and S swell mix is down, but winds and conditions should trend more favorably for the northeastern spots. Only leftovers are left before summer arrives (unofficially) on Tuesday, June 1. “
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