Forecast issued at 10:59 pm EST on Thursday 29 September 2016.
A complex low pressure system is centred over eastern South Australia, while an associated cold front is moving through northeast New South Wales. This low is expected to move southeast overnight and during Friday, to be positioned in eastern Bass Strait by Friday evening. Vigorous northwest to northeasterly winds for most waters will shift more westerly late today and Friday as the cold front moves through, and generally remain westerly over the weekend as the low pressure system moves offshore. The next cold front is expected to affect coastal waters on Monday.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Hunter Coast
- West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore.
- Northeasterly below 1 metre.
- Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower offshore north of Port Stephens. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore north of Norah Head.
Friday 30 September
Gale Warning for Friday for Hunter Coast
- West to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots increasing to 25 to 35 knots in the afternoon.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres during the afternoon.
- Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
- Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers offshore, 30% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm south of Port Stephens in the afternoon and evening.
Saturday 1 October
- Westerly 20 to 30 knots.
- 2 to 3 metres.
- Northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Norah Head during the morning.
- Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore south of Port Stephens.
Sunday 2 October
- Westerly 20 to 30 knots turning northerly 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
- Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Please be awareWind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
Nearby Coastal Waters
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The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:10 am EST Friday.