Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters Forecast for Queensland


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters Forecast: Bowen to Yeppoon

Issued at 4:45 am EST on Sunday 31 August 2014
for the period until midnight EST Tuesday 2 September 2014.

Please be aware
Wind 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.

Warning Information

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Weather Situation

A weakening low pressure system over the northern Tasman Sea will shift slowly east southeast during the forecast period. A ridge of high pressure along the tropical east Queensland coast will weaken during the weekend. A trough will approach the central Queensland coast from the west on Tuesday.

Forecast for Sunday 31 August until midnight

Winds: SE 10 to 15 knots, tending variable 10 knots south of Gannet Cay.

Seas: 1.2 metres.

Swell: SE below 1.5 metres in the Capricorn Channel.

Forecast for Monday 1 September

Winds: E to SE 10 to 15 knots, tending SE to NE 5 to 10 knots over southern waters in the evening.

Seas: to 1.2 metres.

Swell: SE below 1.5 metres in the Capricorn Channel.

Forecast for Tuesday 2 September

Winds: Variable less than 10 knots, tending N to NW 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. NW increasing to 15 to 20 knots south of Gannet Cay in the evening.

Seas: 1.2 to 1.7 metres.

Swell: SE below 1 metre in the Capricorn Channel.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 3:50 pm EST Sunday.

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