Banks Strait and Franklin Forecast

View the current warnings for Tasmania

Forecast issued at 10:00 pm EDT on Friday 13 December 2019.

Weather Situation

A high centred over the Bight directs a westerly flow over Tasmania. The high centre will move slowly eastwards on Saturday with a weak cold front to cross the state from the south in the morning. A westerly flow returns on Sunday, with a warm front to cross in the morning, followed by a cold front in the evening as the high moves over Victoria. A ridge will extend south over Tasmania on Monday.

Forecast for Friday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Banks Strait and Franklin Sound

Winds
Westerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots about Banks Strait.
Seas
2 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres about Banks Strait.
Swell
Westerly below 0.5 metres.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Saturday 14 December

Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Banks Strait and Franklin Sound

Winds
Westerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds shifting southeast to northeasterly about 10 knots in the late morning then becoming westerly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Swell
Westerly below 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy.

Sunday 15 December

Winds
Westerly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres.
Swell
Northwest to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Weather
Cloudy. 50% chance of showers in the morning and afternoon.

Monday 16 December

Winds
West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable below 10 knots during the morning.
Seas
1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Swell
Northwest to southwesterly 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 5:00 am EDT Saturday.

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