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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 Thursday 21 October 2021
for the period until midnight EST Sunday 24 October 2021.

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 weak ridge extends over northern waters. The ridge will strengthen a little over the next few days as a high in the Tasman Sea builds.

Torres Strait

Forecast for Thursday 21 October until midnight

Winds: Easterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Friday 22 October

Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 20 knots west of Cape York in the evening. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Saturday 23 October

Winds: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Sunday 24 October

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, decreasing to around 1 metre during the evening. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Peninsula Coast: Sharp Point to Cape Melville

Forecast for Thursday 21 October until midnight

Winds: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the evening. Winds decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Friday 22 October

Winds: Variable about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning. Winds reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the late afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Saturday 23 October

Winds: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef around midday. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Sunday 24 October

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly during the day. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Cooktown Coast: Cape Melville to Cape Tribulation

Forecast for Thursday 21 October until midnight

Winds: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Friday 22 October

Winds: East to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Saturday 23 October

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Sunday 24 October

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly during the day. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Cairns Coast: Cape Tribulation to Cardwell

Forecast for Thursday 21 October until midnight

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Friday 22 October

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Saturday 23 October

Winds: Variable below 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Sunday 24 October

Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Townsville Coast: Cardwell to Bowen

Forecast for Thursday 21 October until midnight

Winds: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore this afternoon then decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly clear.

Forecast for Friday 22 October

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Saturday 23 October

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the afternoon. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Sunday 24 October

Winds: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 0.5 metres. Swell: Northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Mackay Coast: Bowen to St Lawrence

Forecast for Thursday 21 October until midnight

Winds: Northerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the afternoon and evening. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Weather: Clear. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe.

Forecast for Friday 22 October

Winds: Northerly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Weather: Mostly sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Forecast for Saturday 23 October

Winds: Northerly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Sunday 24 October

Winds: Northerly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Below 0.5 metres. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters

Forecast for Thursday 21 October until midnight

Winds: North to northeasterly about 10 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Clear.

Forecast for Friday 22 October

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Sunny.

Forecast for Saturday 23 October

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Sunny.

Forecast for Sunday 24 October

Winds: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

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

* Calls to 1300 numbers cost around 27.5c incl. GST, higher from mobiles or public phones. Marine forecasts are also available on VHF and HF radio. View the radio schedule on www.bom.gov.au/marine

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