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Queensland

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

Issued at 4:45 am EST on Tuesday 23 July 2024
for the period until midnight EST Thursday 25 July 2024.

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 ridge extends over northern Queensland waters from a high [1030 hPa] centred over eastern Australia. The high will move east into the Tasman Sea during Tuesday, maintaining the ridge over coming days.

Torres Strait

Forecast for Tuesday 23 July until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 24 July

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots inshore in the late afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Thursday 25 July

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Peninsula Coast: Sharp Point to Cape Melville

Forecast for Tuesday 23 July until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Peninsula Coast

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the day. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 2.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 24 July

Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Peninsula Coast

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore south of Cape Sidmouth during the morning. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon, then decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Thursday 25 July

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

Cooktown Coast: Cape Melville to Cape Tribulation

Forecast for Tuesday 23 July until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Cooktown Coast

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the day. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 24 July

Strong Wind Warning for Wednesday for Cooktown Coast

Winds: Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: East to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon, then decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Thursday 25 July

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres north of Cooktown. Swell: East to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Cairns Coast: Cape Tribulation to Cardwell

Forecast for Tuesday 23 July until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots north of Cairns during the morning and early afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres north of Cairns. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Forecast for Wednesday 24 July

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Cairns during the morning. Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: East to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Thursday 25 July

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly 1 to 2 metres outside the reef, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Townsville Coast: Cardwell to Bowen

Forecast for Tuesday 23 July until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 25 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef around midday. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 24 July

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly during the day. Winds reaching up to 25 knots south of Cape Bowling Green in the late morning and afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Thursday 25 July

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Mackay Coast: Bowen to St Lawrence

Forecast for Tuesday 23 July until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Hamilton Island in the late morning and early afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 24 July

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly in the late morning and afternoon. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Hamilton Island in the late morning. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre offshore. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Thursday 25 July

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Easterly below 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters

Forecast for Tuesday 23 July until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots north of Creal Reef in the early afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 24 July

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots north of Creal Reef in the early afternoon. Winds turning easterly in the late afternoon. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: East to southeasterly around 1 metre. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Thursday 25 July

Winds: Easterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres. Weather: Partly cloudy.

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

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