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 Friday 1 August 2014
for the period until midnight EST Sunday 3 August 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 weak ridge over forecast waters initially. A fresh to strong SSE change will move through early Saturday, as a large slow moving high becomes established over southern Australia.

Forecast for Friday 1 August until midnight

Winds: N to NE 10 to 15 knots, tending variable about 10 knots during the morning.

Seas: 1.2 metres.

Swell: Less than 1 metre through the Capricorn Channel.

Forecast for Saturday 2 August

Winds: Variable about 10 knots, tending S to SE 20 to 25 knots from the south during the morning.

Seas: 1.2, increasing up to 2.5 metres.

Swell: Less than 1 metre through the Capricorn Channel.

Forecast for Sunday 3 August

Winds: SE 20 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots during the afternoon and evening.

Seas: 2 to 3 metres.

Swell: SE 1 to 1.5 metres through the Capricorn Channel.

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

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Check the latest Coastal Waters Forecasts for information on wind, wave and weather conditions for neighbouring coastal zones.