Strong winds forecast for Mackay Whitsunday Coast

February 8, 2023 9:03 am in by

A tropical low in the Coral Sea is expected to form into a cyclone later today.

As a result, there’s a strong wind warning for the Mackay Coast both today and tomorrow.

The cyclone is forecast to track near Norfolk Island over the weekend.

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While the system isn’t predicted to make landfall we will still feel some impacts around the Mackay coastline.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects rough conditions for our beaches.

“We’re already seeing strong winds off the Central Coast of Queensland and we do have strong wind warnings out for large parts of the Queensland coast for today and into tomorrow,” says senior forecaster Peter Otto.

“Pretty much have strong winds stretching down from Cardwell all the way down to Hervey Bay.”

There’s a risk of gales offshore of the Central Queensland coast.

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Seas up to three metres are expected today and tomorrow, while winds could reach 33 knots this afternoon.

“Gusty conditions on the waters and also on the coastal fringe there might be some damaging wind gusts at times over the next couple of days, but really the bulk of the impacts will be well and truly offshore,” says Mr Otto.


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