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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Tasmania

Coastal Waters Forecast
Bass Strait and Approaches

Issued at 10:00 pm EDT on Saturday 2 March 2024
for the period until midnight EDT Tuesday 5 March 2024.

Please be aware
Wind and wave forecasts are averages. Wind gusts can be 40 per cent stronger than the forecast, and stronger still in squalls and thunderstorms. Maximum waves can be twice the forecast height.

Warning Information

For latest warnings go to www.bom.gov.au, subscribe to RSS feeds, call 1300 659 210* or listen for warnings on relevant TV and radio broadcasts.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system south of the Bight is slowly moving east. On Sunday morning, a strong and windy cold front crosses over Tasmania. The high moves over Tasmania during Monday and then into the Tasman Sea on Tuesday.

Central Coast: Cape Otway to Wilsons Promontory

Forecast for Saturday 2 March until midnight

Winds: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots in the far east. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres in the west. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Central Coast

Winds: West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the day. Winds tending south to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres in the west. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Monday 4 March

Winds: Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 15 to 25 knots in the late morning and early afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 2nd Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, tending southerly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Tuesday 5 March

Winds: East to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. 1st Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd Swell: Easterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the west. Weather: Sunny.

Central Gippsland Coast: Wilsons Promontory to Lakes Entrance

Forecast for Saturday 2 March until midnight

Winds: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots in the west. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the west. Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1.5 metres offshore. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Gale Warning for Sunday for Central Gippsland Coast

Winds: Westerly 15 to 25 knots tending west to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots early in the morning then becoming southwesterly 20 to 25 knots in the late evening. Winds reaching up to 35 knots in the west in the early afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: West to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then tending southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Monday 4 March

Winds: Southeast to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning then tending easterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 2 metres. 2nd Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the east around midday. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Tuesday 5 March

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. 1st Swell: Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd Swell: West to southwesterly around 1 metre. Weather: Sunny.

East Gippsland Coast: Lakes Entrance to 60nm east of Gabo Island

Forecast for Saturday 2 March until midnight

Winds: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: South to southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres in the east. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Gale Warning for Sunday for East Gippsland Coast

Winds: Westerly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots early in the morning then tending southwesterly in the late afternoon. Winds reaching up to 35 knots in the far east during the afternoon and evening. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: South to southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, tending west to southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then tending southwesterly 2 to 3 metres around midday. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Monday 4 March

Winds: South to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon. 1st Swell: Southerly 2 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres in the far east. 2nd Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Tuesday 5 March

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. 1st Swell: Southerly 2 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 2nd Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the west. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Far North West Coast: Sandy Cape to Stanley

Forecast for Saturday 2 March until midnight

Winds: Westerly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres east of King Island. Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 4 metres south of King Island. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Gale Warning for Sunday for Far North West Coast

Winds: West to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots inshore during the day. Winds tending south to southwesterly in the late morning. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres during the morning. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Monday 4 March

Winds: South to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the early morning and turning east to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre around midday. 1st Swell: Southwesterly 4 to 6 metres, decreasing to 2 to 4 metres around midday. 2nd Swell: Easterly below 0.5 metres, tending southerly 2 to 3 metres around midday. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Tuesday 5 March

Winds: Northeasterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening. Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the evening. 1st Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Central North Coast: Stanley to Northern Tip of Flinders Island

Forecast for Saturday 2 March until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Central North Coast

Winds: Westerly 20 to 30 knots. Seas: 1.5 metres. Swell: Westerly around 1 metre offshore. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Gale Warning for Sunday for Central North Coast

Winds: Westerly 20 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots in the late morning. Winds turning south to southwesterly in the late morning and afternoon. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: Westerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Monday 4 March

Winds: Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the morning then becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell: West to southwesterly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending westerly around 1 metre around midday. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Tuesday 5 March

Winds: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Westerly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Banks Strait and Franklin Sound

Forecast for Saturday 2 March until midnight

Winds: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Northwest to southwesterly below 1 metre. Weather: Clear.

Forecast for Sunday 3 March

Gale Warning for Sunday for Banks Strait and Franklin Sound

Winds: Westerly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots before dawn then turning south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon. Winds reaching up to 35 knots in the late morning. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell: Northwest to southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending southerly 2 to 2.5 metres by early evening. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Monday 4 March

Winds: Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots in the early afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southerly 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning, then tending southeasterly 2.5 to 3 metres by early evening. Weather: Sunny.

Forecast for Tuesday 5 March

Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending north to northeasterly during the day. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Partly cloudy.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:30 am EDT Sunday.

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