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 19 April 2015
for the period until midnight EST Tuesday 21 April 2015.

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 high near New Zealand extends a ridge along the east Queensland coast. A surface trough will shift eastwards off the southern and central Queensland coast Monday morning and should move through offshore waters during Monday evening. A new high over the Great Australian Bight will extend a strengthening ridge over Queensland in the wake of the surface trough.

Forecast for Sunday 19 April until midnight

Winds: E to SE 10 to 15 knots.

Seas: 1.2 metres.

Swell: Less than 1.5 metres.

Weather: Isolated showers.

Forecast for Monday 20 April

Winds: SE 10 to 15 knots, increasing to S to SE 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon and evening.

Seas: 1.2 to 1.7 metres.

Swell: Less than 1.5 metres.

Weather: Showers and possible isolated thunderstorms.

Forecast for Tuesday 21 April

Winds: S to SE 20 to 25 knots.

Seas: 2.2 metres.

Swell: Less than 1.5 metres.

Weather: Showers.

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

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