Forecast issued at 10:39 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
- Northwest to northerly 10 to 15 knots.
- Below 1 metre.
Thursday 24 April
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Western Port
- Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots after dawn. Winds shifting southwesterly 20 to 30 knots late morning then easing to 15 to 20 knots by midday. Stronger squalls possible with the change. Winds tending southerly at 10 to 15 knots by evening.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Friday 25 April
- Variable about 10 knots tending northeast to northerly during the morning then becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots at night.
- Below 1 metre.
Saturday 26 April
- North to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots shifting southwesterly around midday, then tending more southerly and easing to 10 to 15 knots at night.
- Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres west of Sandy Point during the morning.
Sunday 27 April
- Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
- Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres west of Sandy Point 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.