Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters Forecast: Bowen to Yeppoon

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Forecast issued at 3:50 pm EST on Thursday 13 December 2018.

Weather Situation

Tropical cyclone Owen is located over the southwestern Gulf of Carpentaria, and is expected to become slow moving this morning and then adopt an easterly track later today. A slow moving high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge into Mackay and Townsville. Northerly winds are likely to freshen on Friday as tropical cyclone Owen moves back eastwards across the Gulf of Carpentaria towards western Cape York Peninsula, with the remnants of the system then expected to move into northern waters during Saturday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly in the late evening.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Friday 14 December

Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Swell
Northeast to southeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Saturday 15 December

Winds
Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northeasterly in the evening.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre through the Capricorn Channel.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Sunday 16 December

Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots during the morning. Winds up to 40 knots possible depending on movement and development of Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen.
Waves
Seas and swell exceeding 4m.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Please be awareWind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height. Wind warnings are issued for today and tomorrow and describe the highest category of wind warning for that day.

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The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:45 am EST Friday.

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