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Local Waters Forecast for Gippsland Lakes

Issued at 5:10 am EDT on Thursday 22 February 2024
for the period until midnight EDT Sunday 25 February 2024.

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

Warning Information

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Weather Situation

A high in the Tasman Sea directs a northerly airstream over Victorian coastal waters, while an inland trough lies over South Australia. A cold front moving through the Bight will connect with the trough this morning, with both moving across Bass Strait during Thursday. The change is expected to reach the Gippsland Lakes around midnight. A fresh southwesterly airflow will develop on Friday as another high crosses the Bight. This high will move over Victoria on Saturday, then become established in the Tasman Sea on Sunday as a weak cold front approaches Tasmania.

Forecast for Thursday 22 February until midnight

Winds: North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Weather: Mostly sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm later tonight.

Forecast for Friday 23 February

Winds: North to northeasterly about 10 knots shifting southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the early morning, tending westerly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening. Weather: Cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and early afternoon.

Forecast for Saturday 24 February

Winds: Westerly 10 to 15 knots tending southwesterly during the day then becoming variable about 10 knots during the afternoon. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Sunday 25 February

Winds: Variable about 10 knots becoming south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then decreasing to below 10 knots during the evening. Weather: Sunny.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:40 pm EDT Thursday.

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