Forecast issued at 4:40 pm EDT on Wednesday 22 February 2017.
A cold front approaching from the west is expected near Cape Otway 1900hrs, Port Phillip Heads 2100hrs and Wilsons Promontory 2300hrs Thursday. The front will clear eastern waters Thursday, expected near the Gippsland Lakes 0300hrs and Gabo Island 0800hrs. A new high pressure system will develop over the Bight on Thursday and will extend a ridge eastwards over southern Victoria. A weak cold front will cross Tasmania late Friday and then the high will pass to the south of Victoria Saturday night before reaching the Tasman Sea on Sunday.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
- East to southeasterly around 10 knots tending north to northeasterly during the evening.
Thursday 23 February
- North to northeasterly to 15 knots shifting southwesterly 20 to 25 knots before dawn then tending west to southwesterly around 10 knots during the morning. Winds then tending south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Friday 24 February
- West to southwesterly to 10 knots tending south to southwesterly at around 15 knots in the afternoon. Wind becoming west to southwesterly about 10 knots in the late evening.
- Cloudy. 50% chance of drizzle.
Saturday 25 February
- West to southwesterly about 10 knots tending south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the day then tending east to southeasterly during the afternoon.
- Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.
Sunday 26 February
- Easterly 15 to 20 knots.
- Partly cloudy. 50% 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.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:10 am EDT Thursday.