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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 Wednesday 8 February 2023
for the period until midnight EST Friday 10 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 trough extends over Cape York Peninsula to a developing low tropical low [995hPa] in the northern Coral Sea. The Coral Sea low is forecast to form into a tropical cyclone later today, before moving along but well off the Queensland coast towards the southeast while intensifying. Strong southeasterly winds and enhanced swells may develop over the North Queensland Waters south of Cardwell today, with a risk of gales offshore of the central Queensland coast. Wind strength and timing will depend on movement and development of the low.

Torres Strait

Forecast for Wednesday 8 February until midnight

Winds: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: West to northwesterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 9 February

Winds: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: West to northwesterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 10 February

Winds: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Westerly around 1 metre west of Cape York, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Peninsula Coast: Sharp Point to Cape Melville

Forecast for Wednesday 8 February until midnight

Winds: Variable about 10 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 9 February

Winds: West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming northwest to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 10 February

Winds: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly 1 to 2 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Cooktown Coast: Cape Melville to Cape Tribulation

Forecast for Wednesday 8 February until midnight

Winds: Southerly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Cooktown during the morning. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Cooktown.

Forecast for Thursday 9 February

Winds: Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 10 February

Winds: Variable about 10 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres outside the reef. 2nd Swell: Northerly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Cairns Coast: Cape Tribulation to Cardwell

Forecast for Wednesday 8 February until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm inshore.

Forecast for Thursday 9 February

Winds: Southerly 15 to 25 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 10 February

Winds: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the day. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres outside the reef. Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Townsville Coast: Cardwell to Bowen

Forecast for Wednesday 8 February until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Townsville Coast

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots. Seas: 2 to 3 metres. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Thursday 9 February

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Townsville Coast

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots. Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. 1st Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres outside the reef. 2nd Swell: Northwest to northeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 10 February

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots tending easterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Mackay Coast: Bowen to St Lawrence

Forecast for Wednesday 8 February until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Mackay Coast

Winds: Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots at first, winds reaching up to 33 knots from mid afternoon. Seas: 2 to 3 metres. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Forecast for Thursday 9 February

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Mackay Coast

Winds: Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots. Seas: 2 to 3 metres. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre, tending northeast to southeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 10 February

Winds: South to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots turning east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Easterly 2 to 3 metres. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters

Forecast for Wednesday 8 February until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots. Seas: 2 to 3 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday. Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Forecast for Thursday 9 February

Gale Warning for Thursday for Great Barrier Reef Offshore

Winds: Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots increasing to 25 to 35 knots in the evening. Seas: 2 to 3 metres. 1st Swell: Northeast to southeasterly 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday, then tending east to southeasterly 1 to 2 metres by early evening. 2nd Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Friday 10 February

Winds: South to southeasterly 25 to 35 knots decreasing to southerly 15 to 25 knots during the late morning then turning southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon. Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. 1st Swell: Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres through the Capricorn Channel during the morning. 2nd Swell: North to northeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

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

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