Gold Coast Waters Forecast: Cape Moreton to Point Danger

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Forecast issued at 10:00 am EST on Sunday 20 August 2017.

Weather Situation

A large high pressure system moving east into southeastern Australia is combining with a complex low over the Tasman Sea to extend fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds over southern Queensland waters. The complex low will shift further southeast over New Zealand today whilst the high will start to weaken while shifting slowly northeast this afternoon and evening. Winds will therefore gradually decrease as a result. The high will then move into the northern Tasman Sea during Monday. A deceptively powerful south to southeasterly swell extends into southern waters, affecting beaches south of Point Lookout today into early Monday. The swell should then abate from Monday afternoon.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Sunday for Gold Coast Waters

Winds
Southerly 20 to 25 knots inshore, reaching 25 to 30 knots offshore. Winds decreasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres inshore. Southerly 2.5 to 4.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere.
Caution
Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear, particularly about exposed southern facing beaches, and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Monday 21 August

Winds
Southerly 15 to 20 knots, decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the early morning and becoming variable below 10 knots in the late morning. Winds becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon and northerly in the late evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres later in the evening.
Swell
South to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, reaching 2 metres during the morning. South to southeasterly 2.5 to 4 metres offshore, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the day.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm south of Point Lookout at night.
Caution
Surf conditions in the morning may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tuesday 22 August

Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, tending northeast to northwesterly in the afternoon. Winds tending north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening and reaching up to 25 knots offshore ahead of a southwesterly change entering far southern waters in the late evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Swell
Southeasterly around 1 metre inshore. South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the day.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

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 3:50 pm EST Sunday.

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