Arafura Coast Forecast: Cape Don to Cape Wessel

View the current warnings for the Northern Territory

Forecast issued at 10:00 pm CST on Thursday 2 February 2023.

Weather Situation

Monsoonal west to northwesterly winds extend across the coastal waters. The monsoon trough over central NT is moving northwards and will be located across the southern Gulf of Carpentaria and southern Timor Sea on Friday and across the central Gulf of Carpentaria and Top End north coast on Saturday. A weak low may form in the Gulf of Carpentaria during the weekend.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
Below 0.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Friday 3 February

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Arafura Coast

Winds
Westerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots in the far north.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres.
Swell
West to northwesterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Saturday 4 February

Winds
Westerly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Swell
West to northwesterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Sunday 5 February

Winds
West to southwesterly about 10 knots becoming northwesterly during the evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Northwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
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 4:45 am CST Friday.

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