Mackay Coastal Waters Forecast: Bowen to St Lawrence

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Forecast issued at 4:09 pm EST on Sunday 26 March 2017.

Weather Situation

Tropical cyclone Debbie lies in the western Coral Sea and is expected to move west-southwestwards towards the northeast coast of Queensland over the next few days, whilst strengthening. Tropical cyclone Debbie is expected to cross the coast during Tuesday morning, but there is some uncertainty in the timing and movement of the system.

Tropical System Location

At 1:00 pm EST Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located about 255 nautical miles east northeast of Townsville and 200 nautical miles east northeast of Bowen. Centre located near 18.2S 151.2E. Recent movement has been towards the west southwest at 4 knots.

Forecast for Sunday until midnight

Storm Force Wind Warning for Sunday for Mackay Coast

Winds
South to southeasterly 20 to 30 knots, increasing to 30 to 40 knots during the evening, offshore. Winds above 48 knots possible in the far north during the late evening, depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Waves
Seas and swell exceeding 6m.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Monday 27 March

Hurricane Force Wind Warning for Monday for Mackay Coast

Winds
East to southeasterly 25 to 35 knots south of Mackay, possibly reaching up to 40 knots at times. Winds north of Mackay 30 to 40 knots, reaching 50 knots at times. Winds above 64 knots possible in the far north depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Waves
Seas and swell exceeding 8m.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tuesday 28 March

Winds
Above 64 knots possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Waves
Seas and swell exceeding 8m.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Wednesday 29 March

Winds
Northeasterly 20 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore north of Hamilton Island.
Swell
North to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

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 4:45 am EST Monday.

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