Townsville Coastal Waters Forecast: Cardwell to Bowen

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Forecast updated at 8:57 pm EST on Tuesday 28 March 2017.

Weather Situation

Tropical cyclone Debbie is currently located over the Central Coast and is expected to track over land in a southwesterly direction. A number of troughs will extend from this system over northern Queensland waters, maintaining storm to gale force winds into tomorrow before the flow gradually begins to weaken.

Tropical System Location

At 8:00 pm EST Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located about 20 nautical miles west southwest of Proserpine and 20 nautical miles east northeast of Collinsville. Centre located near 20.5S 148.2E. Recent movement has been towards the west southwest at 3 knots.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight

Gale Warning for Tuesday for Townsville Coast

Winds
West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots north of Townsville, tending 15 to 25 knots inshore, increasing to 25 to 30 knots offshore. Winds above 35 knots possible south Cape Bowling Green due to Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Waves
Seas and swell exceeding 4m.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Wednesday 29 March

Gale Warning for Wednesday for Townsville Coast

Winds
Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots north of Townsville, increasing to 20 to 30 knots south of Cape Bowling Green, possibly reaching up to 35 knots at times during the early morning depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Waves
Seas and swell up to 4m.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Thursday 30 March

Winds
North to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots, tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre by early evening.
Swell
Northwest to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers south of Cape Bowling Green, 50% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Friday 31 March

Winds
West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting south to southeasterly during the day.
Seas
Below 1 metre.
Swell
North to northwesterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% 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 Wednesday.

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