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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

Coastal Waters Forecast for Queensland
Gulf Waters

Issued at 4:45 am EST on Sunday 23 February 2020
for the period until midnight EST Tuesday 25 February 2020.

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

An active monsoon trough extends across the northern Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Cape York Peninsula and into the northern Coral Sea. A tropical low [998 hPa] is located within the monsoon trough over the central Gulf of Carpentaria and is expected to gradually deepen and possibly become a tropical cyclone as it moves slowly south towards the Gulf of Carpentaria coast late Sunday and Monday. Expect strong to gale force clockwise winds around the low/cyclone, tending fresh to strong west to northwesterly to the north of the monsoon trough.

South East Gulf of Carpentaria: QLD-NT Border to Cape Keerweer

Tropical System Location

At 4:00 am EST a Tropical Low was located about 95 nautical miles east of Groote Eylandt and 165 nautical miles north northwest of Mornington Island. Centre located near 14.1S 138.2E and is moving to the south at 4 knots.

Forecast for Sunday 23 February until midnight

Gale Warning for Sunday for South East Gulf of Carpentaria

Winds: North to northeasterly 25 to 33 knots near the western Peninsula coast. Elsewhere, winds up to 45 knots possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Low. Waves: Seas and swell exceeding 4m. Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Monday 24 February

Storm Force Wind Warning for Monday for South East Gulf of Carpentaria

Winds: Above 48 knots possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Low. Waves: Seas and swell exceeding 6m. Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: South of Kowanyama: winds up to 40 knots possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Low. Elsewhere northerly 20 to 30 knots, easing to 10 to 15 knots in the evening. Waves: South of Kowanyama: Seas and swell up to 4m. Elsewhere: Seas 2 to 3 metres. Swells Northwest to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

North East Gulf of Carpentaria: Cape Keerweer to Crab Island

Tropical System Location

At 1:00 am EST a Tropical Low was located about 95 nautical miles east of Groote Eylandt and 175 nautical miles north northwest of Mornington Island. Centre located near 13.9S 138.2E and has been slow moving.

Forecast for Sunday 23 February until midnight

Gale Warning for Sunday for North East Gulf of Carpentaria

Winds: Offshore south of Weipa: winds up to 40 knots possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Low. Elsewhere northwesterly 20 to 30 knots. Seas: 2.5 to 3 metres. Swell: West to northwesterly 1 to 2 metres. Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Monday 24 February

Gale Warning for Monday for North East Gulf of Carpentaria

Winds: Offshore south of Weipa: winds above 34 knots possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Low. Elsewhere northwesterly 25 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots early in the morning. Seas: 2 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: West to northwesterly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: West to northwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the evening. Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

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

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