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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters Forecast: Bowen to Yeppoon

Issued at 4:45 am EST on Wednesday 28 February 2024
for the period until midnight EST Friday 1 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 strengthening ridge of high pressure and a southeasterly surge of wind extends to the Whitsundays, pushing further north to the Cooktown coast by the end of the week, with lighter and more variable winds to the north of the ridge.

Forecast for Wednesday 28 February until midnight

Winds: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon, possibly severe.

Forecast for Thursday 29 February

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly early in the morning. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Friday 1 March

Winds: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Creal Reef. Swell: East to southeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 3:50 pm EST Wednesday.

* Calls to 1300 numbers cost around 27.5c incl. GST, higher from mobiles or public phones. Marine forecasts are also available on VHF and HF radio. View the radio schedule on www.bom.gov.au/marine

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