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National Enhancements to Coastal Waters Forecasts

Since July 2004, four-day coastal waters forecasts for all of Australia's 37,000 km coastline have been a daily feature of weather services from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

2005 enhancements and national consistency

The enhanced coastal waters forecasts incorporate forecasts of wind strength and direction for up to four days ahead. Sea and swell information is included for the first two days of the forecast. A new and nationally consistent format for these forecasts and warnings has been introduced.

These enhancements follow a review of the Bureau's coastal waters forecast service which has been undertaken over the past two years with input from a wide cross section of stakeholders. Further enhancements, such as maps and tables of coastal forecast information, are planned together with the extension of sea and swell information out to four days ahead.

If you need further information, or wish to provide feedback, please contact your local Bureau office or email


Updated 02 November 2005

State Change date New schedule
Northern Territory 8 June 2004 5:45 pm issue Twice daily issues 5:45 am and 5:45 pm
Western Australia 15 June 2004 4:00 pm issue Twice daily issues 4:00 am, 4:00 pm
Victoria 2 November 2005 5:00 pm issue Twice daily issues 5:00 am and 5:00 pm
New South Wales 1 July 2004 3:55 pm issue Twice daily issues 4:45 am, 3:55 pm
Tasmania 1 July 2004 5:00 pm issue Twice daily issues 5:00 am and 5:00 pm
South Australia 1 July 2004 3:30 pm issue Twice daily issues 5:00 am and 3:30 pm
Queensland 4 November 2004 4:30 am issue Twice daily issues 4:30 am and 3:00 pm
Sailboats on Port Phillip Bay, photograph by Rob Morton.

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