Friday: West to southwesterly 15/25 knots increasing to 20/30 knots in the early afternoon then tending south to southwesterly 25/40 knots in the late afternoon. Winds south of Yamba may reach up to 50 knots in the late afternoon. Seas: 1/2 metres, increasing to 2/4 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southeasterly 2/3 metres. Weather: Isolated thunderstorms from the early afternoon, mainly south of Cape Byron. Caution: Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore in the evening. Saturday: Southerly 25/40 knots decreasing to 25/30 knots in the late afternoon. Seas: 2.5/4 metres, decreasing below 3 metres by early evening. Swell: Southeasterly 2.5/3 metres, increasing to 3/4 metres before dawn, then tending southerly 4 metres around dawn. Caution: Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore. Outlook Sunday: Southerly 25/30 knots, decreasing to 15/20 knots during the morning. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 2/3 metres, decreasing to 1.5/2 metres during the afternoon.Issued Fri 10:44 EST
10:49 EST A livestock energy drought is being predicted in north-west Queensland after small amounts of rain has spoiled pastures.