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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

Updated Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters Forecast: Bowen to Yeppoon

Issued at 8:54 am EST on Monday 6 February 2023
for the period until midnight EST Wednesday 8 February 2023.

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

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Weather Situation

A weak equatorial trough is developing over the northern Gulf waters and will extend over the northern Peninsula and far northern Coral Sea, and linger for several days. A trough extending southward from the northern interior to the Capricornia Coast will drift westward over the northern interior and weaken over the next day or two, as a ridge builds northward along the east coast. A tropical low [1005 hPa] north of Vanuatu is forecast to drift westwards over the next few days and could develop into a tropical cyclone off the tropical east coast of Queensland by the middle of this week, before moving away rapidly to the southeast through the latter part of the week. Strong southeasterly winds and enhanced swells may develop over the North Queensland Waters south of Cooktown from the middle of the week as a result, with a risk of gales offshore of the central Queensland coast. Wind strength and timing will depend on movement and development of the low.

Forecast for Monday 6 February until midnight

Winds: Easterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Mostly sunny. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Tuesday 7 February

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Swell: East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Forecast for Wednesday 8 February

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots. Seas: 2 to 3 metres. Swell: Easterly 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

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

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