Hunter Coastal Waters Forecast: Seal Rocks to Broken Bay

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Forecast issued at 4:05 pm EDT on Thursday 30 March 2017.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge towards the northern New South Wales coast, directing generally northerly winds along the most of the coast this morning. A strong cold front has brought a vigorous southerly change to southern and central parts this morning and will continue to extend north during Friday, intensifying as it meets with a low pressure system near the Queensland border. Winds will ease and shift southeasterly over most coastal waters during the weekend as the low pressure system moves southeast towards New Zealand and a new high pressure system over the Bight extends a ridge to the coast.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Gale Warning for Thursday for Hunter Coast

Winds
Northwest to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots with a southerly change in the south extending throughout by early evening. Winds increasing to 30 to 40 knots evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres south of Norah Head by early evening.
Swell
North to northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of rain. Rain heavy at times. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions in the evening are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Friday 31 March

Gale Warning for Friday for Hunter Coast

Winds
Southerly 20 to 30 knots, reaching up to 40 knots early in the morning. Winds decreasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late evening.
Seas
3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
1st Swell
Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers in the early morning. Showers heavy at times offshore north of Norah Head in the early morning.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Saturday 1 April

Winds
South to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
1st Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions in the early morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Sunday 2 April

Winds
South to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
1st Swell
Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell
East to northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Norah Head during the evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Please be awareWind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

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The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:10 am EDT Friday.

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