Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters Forecast: Bowen to Yeppoon

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Forecast updated at 6:35 pm EST on Sunday 26 March 2017.

Weather Situation

Tropical cyclone Debbie lies in the western Coral Sea and is expected to move west-southwestwards towards the northeast coast of Queensland over the next few days, whilst strengthening. Tropical cyclone Debbie is expected to cross the coast during Tuesday morning, but there is some uncertainty in the timing and movement of the system.

Tropical System Location

At 4:00 pm EST Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located about 245 nautical miles east northeast of Townsville and 185 nautical miles east northeast of Bowen. Centre located near 18.4S 151.0E. Recent movement has been towards the southwest at 4 knots.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Storm Force Wind Warning for Sunday for Great Barrier Reef Offshore

Winds
East to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots south of Gannet Cay, increasing to 25 to 35 knots north of Gannet Cay, increasing further to 35 to 45 knots north of Creal Reef. Winds in the far north may exceed 48 knots, depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Waves
Seas and swell exceeding 6m.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Monday 27 March

Hurricane Force Wind Warning for Monday for Great Barrier Reef Offshore

Winds
Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots south of Gannet Cay, increasing to 35 to 45 knots north of Gannet Cay, increasing further to 40 to 50 knots north of Creal Reef. Winds in the far north may exceed 64 knots, depending on movement and development of Tropical Low.
Waves
Seas and swell exceeding 8m.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tuesday 28 March

Winds
Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots south of Gannet Cay, increasing to 30 to 40 knots north of Gannet Cay, increasing further to 40 to 50 knots north of Creal Reef. Winds in the far north may exceed 64 knots, depending on movement and development of Tropical Low.
Waves
Seas and swell exceeding 8m.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Wednesday 29 March

Winds
Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres north of Creal Reef.
Swell
Northwest to northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Creal Reef.
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 Monday.

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