Race Director weather report

The forecast for the Rottnest Channel Swim on Saturday 26 February is looking fair but will have its challenges for swimmers with:

  • reasonably strong southerly winds expected; and
  • an anticipated fast moving current running from the south in a northerly direction.

There is no expected rain or cloud coverage.  Land temperatures are expected to be 19 degrees at race commencement (6am); 29 degrees at midday; and the maximum of 30 degrees is expected to be reached in the early afternoon.

Water temperatures are forecast to sit around 24 degrees for the entirety of the event.

Winds south to southeasterly 15-20 knots/h are anticipated around 6am; tending south/southwesterly and dropping to 10-15 knots/h at midday; then picking up to 15-20 knots in the early afternoon.

The swell is expected to reach 1 metre, with the forecast suggesting the swell is likely to sit around this height throughout the event. The swell is expected to be southwesterly with swell periods anticipated at 12 seconds.  This is unlikely to change too much over the course of the event.

24 Feb 2022 – 4:50pm