Great Barrier Reef Offshore Waters Forecast: Bowen to Yeppoon

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Forecast issued at 3:54 pm EST on Tuesday 26 January 2021.

Weather Situation

An active monsoon trough extends over northern waters. A developing low [1000 hPa] in the Gulf is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday. While there are a range of possible scenarios, there is a chance of a weakening system moving into the northeastern waters over the weekend or next week. A number of other lows embedded within the trough may develop over the eastern Coral Sea this week but are likely to remain well offshore. A weakening high [1016 hPa] near New Zealand extends a weak ridge along the east coast south of the trough. The ridge will strengthen from Thursday as a new high moves into the southern Tasman Sea.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds
East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots at times.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Wednesday 27 January

Winds
East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots south of Gannet Cay in the afternoon and evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel during the afternoon.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel.
Weather
Mostly sunny.

Thursday 28 January

Winds
Easterly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly 15 to 20 knots before dawn.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel.
Weather
Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Friday 29 January

Winds
Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots at times.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

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 EST Wednesday.

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