Banks Strait and Franklin Forecast

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Forecast issued at 10:04 am EDT on Thursday 23 January 2020.

Weather Situation

A cold front is moving away to the east of Tasmania while a trough will cross the state during today as fresh and gusty north to northwesterly winds shift more westerly. West to northwesterly winds will then persist through Friday and Saturday, with a high stationary over the Bight, while an embedded trough will cross Tasmania on Friday and a cold front will slowly cross the state from later Saturday.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Gale Warning for Thursday for Banks Strait and Franklin Sound

Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots in the late afternoon then tending westerly in the late evening. Winds reaching up to 35 knots about Banks Strait in the evening.
Seas
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday, then increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
1st Swell
Northwest to southwesterly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm inshore in the afternoon.

Friday 24 January

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Banks Strait and Franklin Sound

Winds
Westerly 25 to 30 knots turning northwesterly 20 to 25 knots in the evening.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres about Banks Strait.
Swell
Northwest to southwesterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Saturday 25 January

Winds
Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Seas
1 to 2 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Please be awareWind and wave forecasts are averages. Wind gusts can be 40 per cent stronger than the forecast, and stronger still in squalls and thunderstorms. Maximum waves can be twice the forecast height.

Nearby Coastal Waters

Tas - BANKS STRAIGHT AND FRANKLIN SOUND Tas - CENTRAL NORTH COAST, Stanley to the Northern Tip of Flinders Is Tas - EAST OF FLINDERS ISLAND, Northern Tip of Flinders Is to St Helens Pt Tas - UPPER EAST COAST, St Helens Pt to Wineglass Bay Tas - LOWER EAST COAST, Wineglass Bay to Tasman Island Tas - SOUTHEAST COAST, Tasman Is to South East Cape Tas - SOUTHWEST COAST, South East Cape to Low Rocky Pt Tas - CENTRAL WEST COAST, Low Rocky Pt to Sandy Cape Tas - FAR NORTHWEST COAST, Sandy Cape to Stanley and King Island Vic - East Gippsland Coast - Coastal Waters Forecast Vic - Central Gippsland Coast - Coastal Waters Forecast Vic - Central Coast - Coastal Waters Forecast Vic - West Coast - Coastal Waters Forecast

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:05 pm EDT Thursday.

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