Forecast issued at 4:47 pm EST on Wednesday 23 April 2014.
A cold front approaching far western Victorian coastal waters will move rapidly eastwards across Bass Strait Thursday, reaching Portland around 0400hrs Thursday, Port Phillip Heads 0700hrs, Lakes Entrance 1100hrs and Gabo Island around 1300hrs Thursday. A high pressure system will rapidly follow - crossing Bass Strait and southern Victoria Thursday night and reaching the Tasman Sea on Friday. Another cold front will cross Bass Strait on Saturday, then the next high pressure system will pass across Tasmania Sunday night.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
- Variable below 10 knots.
Thursday 24 April
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Gippsland Lakes
- North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting west to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots late morning and locally reaching 30 knots. West to southwest winds then easing to 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon and further easing to around 10 knots at night.
Friday 25 April
- Northwesterly below 10 knots becoming east to northeasterly at around 10 knots during the morning and east to southeast during the afternoon. Wind then becoming northerly 5 to 10 knots at night.
Saturday 26 April
- North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning westerly 15 to 20 knots around midday.
Sunday 27 April
- West to southwesterly about 10 knots becoming east to southeasterly during the morning then tending northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
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 EST Thursday.