Northerly 20/25 knots turning westerly 15/20 knots in the evening. Winds reaching up to 30 knots at times until evening. Seas: 2.5/3 metres, decreasing below 2 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Northeast to southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres offshore south of Yamba by early evening. Outlook Friday: West to southwesterly 15/25 knots turning south to southeasterly 15/20 knots in the late morning and early afternoon. Winds reaching up to 30 knots offshore south of Yamba early in the morning. Seas: 1/2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: North to northeasterly 1/1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre, then tending southerly 1/1.5 metres around midday. Outlook Saturday: East to southeasterly 10/15 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the evening. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning.Issued Thu 04:10 EDT
17:37 EDT North western New South Wales is in the grip of one of the worst droughts on record, less than two years after the area was covered in floodwaters.