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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

Coastal Waters Forecast for Queensland
Northern Zones: Torres Strait to St Lawrence

Issued at 4:45 am EST on Thursday 19 September 2019
for the period until midnight EST Saturday 21 September 2019.

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 [1035 hPa] over the eastern Tasman Sea extends a ridge along Queensland's northeast coast. The ridge will strengthen a little later this week as the high strengthens near New Zealand.

Torres Strait

Forecast for Thursday 19 September until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Friday 20 September

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, tending 10 to 15 knots southwest of Thursday Island during the afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Saturday 21 September

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, tending 15 to 20 knots southwest of Thursday Island during the afternoon. Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Peninsula Coast: Sharp Point to Cape Melville

Forecast for Thursday 19 September until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 20 to 25 knots south of Cape Direction. Winds in Princess Charlotte Bay southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning, tending northeasterly 15 to 20 knots with afternoon sea breezes. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Friday 20 September

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. Winds in Princess Charlotte Bay southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning, tending northeasterly with afternoon sea breezes. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Saturday 21 September

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. Winds in Princess Charlotte Bay southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning, tending northeasterly with afternoon sea breezes. Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Cooktown Coast: Cape Melville to Cape Tribulation

Forecast for Thursday 19 September until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 20 to 25 knots north of Cape Flattery in the afternoon. Winds south of Cooktown 10 to 15 knots in the early morning. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Friday 20 September

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 20 to 25 knots north of Cooktown. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Saturday 21 September

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly 1 to 2 metres outside the reef, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Cairns Coast: Cape Tribulation to Cardwell

Forecast for Thursday 19 September until midnight

Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots, increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning. Winds reaching 15 to 20 knots offshore north of Cape Grafton in the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef during the afternoon. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Friday 20 September

Winds: North of Innisfail: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. South of Innisfail: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Saturday 21 September

Winds: North of Innisfail: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. South of Innisfail: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Townsville Coast: Cardwell to Bowen

Forecast for Thursday 19 September until midnight

Winds: Northeasterly about 10 knots turning east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning, and reaching 15 to 20 knots offshore in the evening. Inshore winds tending northeasterly 10 to 15 knots with afternoon sea breezes. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Friday 20 September

Winds: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, tending northeasterly inshore in the afternoon. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef around midday. Swell: North to northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Saturday 21 September

Winds: Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Winds tending east to northeasterly with inshore afternoon sea breezes. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Mackay Coast: Bowen to St Lawrence

Forecast for Thursday 19 September until midnight

Winds: Northeasterly about 10 knots tending easterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Friday 20 September

Winds: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 15 to 20 knots at times north of Mackay. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Saturday 21 September

Winds: Easterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Hamilton Island during the afternoon. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters

Forecast for Thursday 19 September until midnight

Winds: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly in the middle of the day, reaching up to 20 knots at times north of Creal Reef in the late evening. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Northeast to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Friday 20 September

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

Forecast for Saturday 21 September

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Northeast to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres. Weather: Mostly sunny.

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

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