Mackay Coastal Waters Forecast: Bowen to St Lawrence

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Forecast issued at 3:50 pm EST on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

Weather Situation

A weak ridge currently lies over north Queensland waters which will persist through today. A trough in the Coral Sea is expected to move northwest into Mackay waters today and move northwards through Townsville and Cairns waters on Wednesday, although there is uncertainty associated with the movement of this trough. A slow moving high pressure centre over the Tasman Sea will strengthen over the next few days and is likely to extend a strengthening ridge over northern Queensland waters on Wednesday and Thursday in the wake of the trough.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Winds
East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly from the east in the evening. Winds reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the late evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Wednesday 18 October

Winds
East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Winds inshore north of Mackay tending southeasterly during the morning and early afternoon.
Seas
1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres south of Mackay around midday.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. Near 100% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Thursday 19 October

Winds
Easterly 20 to 25 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre offshore.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Friday 20 October

Winds
Easterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell
Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

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 Wednesday.

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