Macquarie Coastal Waters Forecast: Smoky Cape to Seal Rocks

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Forecast issued at 4:05 pm EST on Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the northeast of the state is moving east slowly, promoting northeast to northwest winds across the waters. During Thursday a front will move through Bass Strait with northwesterly winds freshening ahead of a south to southwesterly change along southern parts of the coast. The change will then extend to central and northern parts on Friday as the low reaches the Tasman Sea. Winds will ease later Friday as the low moves further east, before increasing northwesterly during Saturday ahead of another southwesterly change along southern and central parts of the coast.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 3 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Mostly clear.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Thursday 26 May

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Macquarie Coast

Winds
West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 30 knots offshore north of Port Macquarie in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather
Cloudy. 60% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore at night.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions in the morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Friday 27 May

Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning west to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots early in the morning.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore south of Port Macquarie during the morning.
Swell
South to southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending southerly 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the early morning.

Saturday 28 May

Winds
Northwest to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending westerly 25 to 35 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore south of Port Macquarie during the afternoon or evening.
Swell
Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

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 EST Thursday.

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