Macquarie Coastal Waters Forecast: Smoky Cape to Seal Rocks

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Forecast issued at 4:05 pm EDT on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system lies over the Tasman Sea and is extending a ridge over the northern parts of New South Wales while a cold front is moving over the southwest of the state. This is directing north to northeasterly winds over the coastal waters, which are strengthening as the front approaches. Once this front moves into the southeast on Thursday it will bring a weak southerly change to the southern half of the New South Wales coast, before stalling and weakening around the Macquarie coast on Friday.

Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending northerly in the late evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Port Macquarie.
Weather
Mostly clear. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore north of Port Macquarie later tonight.

Thursday 23 January

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Macquarie Coast

Winds
Northerly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Port Macquarie around midday.
Weather
Mostly sunny. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Friday 24 January

Winds
Northerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre, tending easterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Saturday 25 January

Winds
Northwest to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

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 4:10 am EDT Thursday.

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