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

Issued at 4:45 am EST on Tuesday 4 August 2020
for the period until midnight EST Thursday 6 August 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

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 of high pressure over eastern Queensland will weaken further today and tomorrow while moving offshore. A surface trough will move east across southwestern Queensland on Thursday with winds tending southeast to northeasterly over north Queensland waters. A surface trough may develop about the north Queensland coast on Friday.

Torres Strait

Forecast for Tuesday 4 August until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore west of Cape York in the evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres west of Cape York. Swell: East to southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 5 August

Winds: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore west of Cape York in the morning and evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres west of Cape York. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Thursday 6 August

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, easing to 10 to 15 knots in the evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Peninsula Coast: Sharp Point to Cape Melville

Forecast for Tuesday 4 August until midnight

Winds: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, tending east to northeasterly inshore south of Port Stewart during the afternoon and early evening. Winds increasing to 20 to 25 knots offshore south of Cape Sidmouth during the afternoon and evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres outside the reef by early evening. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 5 August

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Cape Sidmouth at times. Inshore winds south of Point Stewart turning east to northeasterly during the afternoon and early evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Thursday 6 August

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, easing to 10 to 15 knots north of Cape Sidmouth in the middle of the day. Inshore winds south of Point Stewart turning east to northeasterly during the afternoon and early evening. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Cooktown Coast: Cape Melville to Cape Tribulation

Forecast for Tuesday 4 August until midnight

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

Forecast for Wednesday 5 August

Winds: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots north of Cape Flattery at times before dawn. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Thursday 6 August

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

Cairns Coast: Cape Tribulation to Cardwell

Forecast for Tuesday 4 August until midnight

Winds: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Winds inshore south of Innisfail decreasing to about 10 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 5 August

Winds: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, decreasing to about 10 knots south of Innisfail in the afternoon. Lighter southwesterly winds inshore early. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Thursday 6 August

Winds: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, decreasing to about 10 knots south of Innisfail. Lighter southwesterly winds inshore early. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Townsville Coast: Cardwell to Bowen

Forecast for Tuesday 4 August until midnight

Winds: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, turning northeasterly inshore with afternoon sea breezes. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Wednesday 5 August

Winds: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, turning northeasterly inshore with afternoon sea breezes. Lighter southerly winds inshore early. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Thursday 6 August

Winds: Easterly 10 to 15 knots, turning northeasterly inshore with afternoon sea breezes. Lighter southerly winds inshore early. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre. Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Mackay Coast: Bowen to St Lawrence

Forecast for Tuesday 4 August until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the middle of the day and turning northeasterly inshore south of Sarina in the afternoon. Lighter southwesterly winds inshore early. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre offshore south of Mackay. Weather: Mostly sunny.

Forecast for Wednesday 5 August

Winds: East to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day, turning northeasterly inshore south of Sarina in the afternoon. Lighter southwesterly winds inshore early. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre offshore south of Mackay. Weather: Sunny.

Forecast for Thursday 6 August

Winds: Easterly 10 to 15 knots turning northeasterly inshore south of Sarina in the afternoon. Lighter southwesterly winds inshore early. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly around 1 metre offshore south of Mackay. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters

Forecast for Tuesday 4 August until midnight

Winds: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Partly cloudy.

Forecast for Wednesday 5 August

Winds: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly about 10 knots south of Gannet Cay. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Sunny.

Forecast for Thursday 6 August

Winds: Easterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel. Weather: Partly cloudy.

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

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