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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Queensland

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

Issued at 3:50 pm EST on Monday 24 February 2020
for the period until midnight EST Thursday 27 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, with moderate northwesterly winds to its north, and moderate north to northeasterly winds to its south. The trough will drift a little to the south but will weaken into next week. A ridge lies along the southern and central Queensland coast and will gradually weaken in the next day or two.

Torres Strait

Forecast for Monday 24 February until midnight

Winds: West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: West to southwesterly around 1 metre west of Cape York. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: West to southwesterly below 1 metre west of Cape York. Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Wednesday 26 February

Winds: Northwesterly about 10 knots tending variable east of Cape York. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: West to southwesterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 27 February

Winds: North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending westerly in the afternoon. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: West to southwesterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Peninsula Coast: Sharp Point to Cape Melville

Forecast for Monday 24 February until midnight

Winds: North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore south of Cape Direction. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre by early evening. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: North of Cape Direction: North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots. South of Cape Direction: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Wednesday 26 February

Winds: North to northeasterly about 10 knots. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 27 February

Winds: West to northwesterly about 10 knots, with northeasterly inshore afternoon sea breezes. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Cooktown Coast: Cape Melville to Cape Tribulation

Forecast for Monday 24 February until midnight

Winds: Northwest to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Wednesday 26 February

Winds: Variable below 10 knots. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 27 February

Winds: West to northwesterly about 10 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Cairns Coast: Cape Tribulation to Cardwell

Forecast for Monday 24 February until midnight

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: North to northeasterly about 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly during the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Wednesday 26 February

Winds: Variable about 10 knots, tending southeasterly in the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 27 February

Winds: West to northwesterly about 10 knots, with northeasterly inshore afternoon sea breezes. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Townsville Coast: Cardwell to Bowen

Forecast for Monday 24 February until midnight

Winds: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, easing to about 10 knots during the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots with northeasterly inshore afternoon sea breezes of 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Wednesday 26 February

Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots, with northeasterly inshore afternoon sea breezes 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 27 February

Winds: Variable about 10 knots, tending north to northeasterly in the afternoon. Inshore afternoon sea breezes 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Mackay Coast: Bowen to St Lawrence

Forecast for Monday 24 February until midnight

Winds: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to northeasterly around 1 metre offshore. Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Wednesday 26 February

Winds: South to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly in the late afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre offshore. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 27 February

Winds: Variable about 10 knots, tending north to northeasterly in the late morning. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre offshore. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters

Forecast for Monday 24 February until midnight

Winds: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Tuesday 25 February

Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots. Seas: Below 0.5 metres, increasing to below 1 metre through the Capricorn Channel. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Wednesday 26 February

Winds: South to southeasterly about 10 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 27 February

Winds: Variable below 10 knots, tending east to northeasterly in the afternoon. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:45 am EST Tuesday.

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