Macquarie Coastal Waters Forecast: Smoky Cape to Seal Rocks

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Forecast issued at 4:08 pm EST on Tuesday 2 September 2014.

Weather Situation

A cold front crossing the New South Wales coast today is bringing a south to southwesterly change, with winds increasing to gale-force in southern and central areas tonight as a low develops over the Tasman Sea. This low is expected to deepen overnight and early Wednesday, with dangerous surf conditions developing. The low is forecast to move slowly away to the east during Thursday and Friday, with coastal conditions easing as a high pressure ridge becomes dominant.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Gale Warning for Tuesday for Macquarie Coast

Winds
Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the evening, possibly reaching 35 knots offshore south of Crowdy Head.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
Easterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 metres south of Port Macquarie later in the evening.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Wednesday 3 September

Gale Warning for Wednesday for Macquarie Coast

Winds
Southwesterly 30 to 40 knots, reaching 45 knots offshore in the morning.
Seas
3 to 5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres during the morning.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms offshore in the morning.
Caution
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Thursday 4 September

Winds
Southwesterly 25 to 35 knots, possibly reaching 40 knots offshore at first.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Swell
Southerly 4 to 5 metres.

Friday 5 September

Winds
South to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the day.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
Southerly 4 metres, tending southeasterly 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather
The chance of thunderstorms offshore.

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 Wednesday.

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