Banks Strait and Franklin Forecast

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Forecast issued at 10:00 pm EST on Thursday 18 August 2022.

Weather Situation

A northwesterly airstream strengthening ahead of an approaching cold front, to cross Thursday afternoon. A ridge of high pressure is then expected to drift over the state on Friday, but will be short lived as another cold front is forecast to cross early Saturday. A cooler southwesterly airstream then follows on Saturday, easing and tending northwesterly on Sunday as a ridge crosses.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Winds
West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas
2 metres.
Swell
West to northwesterly below 1 metre.
Weather
Cloudy.

Friday 19 August

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Banks Strait and Franklin Sound

Winds
Westerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the afternoon and evening. Winds tending northwesterly in the evening.
Seas
1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell
West to northwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres about Banks Strait.
Weather
Mostly sunny. 60% chance of showers.

Saturday 20 August

Winds
West to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots shifting southerly in the morning then decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day.
Seas
2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre later in the evening.
1st Swell
West to northwesterly around 1 metre.
2nd Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
Partly cloudy. 90% chance of showers.

Sunday 21 August

Winds
Variable about 10 knots becoming northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning.
Seas
Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Swell
Easterly around 1 metre.
Weather
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 EST Friday.

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