A strong cold front sweeping across the state is forecast to move offshore today, with damaging winds and surf predicted for the South Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology advised a transient low pressure system will then form within the front, deepening off central coastal waters late today and generating vigorous winds and sea over central and southern waters.
This low is expected to move slowly east during the mid week, with conditions easing as it tracks into the Tasman Sea.
Damaging winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible along the coastal fringe of the South Coast districts from late today onwards.
Winds are expected to gradually ease below gale or damaging wind thresholds during Wednesday morning as the low slowly tracks to the Tasman Sea.
Damaging surf with waves of at least five metres, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is expected through the warning area from late today onwards, and is likely to continue through Wednesday.
Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people are advised to stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas. Locations which may be affected include Kiama, Huskisson and Ulladulla.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
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