Forecast issued at 3:50 pm EST on Wednesday 24 August 2016.
A surface trough over the southeast will push further north tonight as a new ridge develops to its southwest. A slow-moving low pressure system well to the east of New Zealand is generating a long period easterly swell on southern Queensland beaches today.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
- South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the evening. Turning west to northwesterly in the evening.
- 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre by early evening.
- 1st Swell
- Northerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
- 2nd Swell
- Southeasterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
- Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore north of Point Lookout early this evening.
- Deceptively powerful surf conditions in the afternoon and evening are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Thursday 25 August
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Gold Coast Waters
- Northwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning. Turning west to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
- 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
- 1st Swell
- Northerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
- 2nd Swell
- Southeasterly around 1 metre.
- Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower offshore in the early morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.
Friday 26 August
- South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southeasterly in the morning then tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres later in the evening.
- Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres offshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1.5 metres later in the evening.
- Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Saturday 27 August
- South to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots.
- 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
- South to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
- Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
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.
Nearby Coastal Waters
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The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:45 am EST Thursday.