Macquarie Coastal Waters Forecast: Smoky Cape to Seal Rocks

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Forecast issued at 4:10 am EDT on Thursday 8 December 2022.

Weather Situation

A cold front is moving up the coast bringing a strong southerly change. South to southeasterly winds are expected to gradually ease by Friday and then tend northeasterly on Saturday as a ridge of high pressure develops. Another cold front is forecast to approach on the weekend, causing northerly winds to increase on Sunday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Macquarie Coast

Winds
North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots during the morning. Winds reaching up to 30 knots in the afternoon.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday.
Swell
Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Friday 9 December

Winds
Southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the late afternoon. Winds decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore south of Port Macquarie during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Saturday 10 December

Winds
South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots shifting northeasterly during the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore south of Port Macquarie.
Weather
Cloudy.
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.

Please be awareWind 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.

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The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:05 pm EDT Thursday.

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