Forecast issued at 5:00 am EDT on Thursday 5 March 2015.
A cold front near the northeast of Tasmania will move away this morning, with a fresh southwesterly stream in its wake. The stream will tend westerly this afternoon as weak ridge moves over Tasmania ahead of another front, which will cross the state early on Friday as a low develops over the southern Tasman Sea. The low will move away to the east during Friday with a ridge to move over Tasmania during the day as a front builds over the Bight. This front will cross Tasmania on Saturday with a westerly stream in its wake. The stream will shift northwesterly on Sunday as yet another front approaches Tasmania late in the evening.
Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Channel
- Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots in the south, turning westerly 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.
- 1 to 2 metres.
- Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm early this morning.
Friday 6 March
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Channel
- West to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots becoming southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day, decreasing to 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon then becoming variable about 10 knots in the evening, mainly west to northwesterly.
- 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
- Partly cloudy. 95% chance of showers.
Saturday 7 March
- North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending westerly 15 to 20 knots during the day.
- Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres later in the day.
- Cloudy. 70% chance of showers.
Sunday 8 March
- Variable about 10 knots.
- Below 1 metre.
- Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
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.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:05 pm EDT Thursday.