Wednesday: Southwesterly 20/30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore south of Green Cape in the evening. Winds turning westerly 25/30 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, increasing to 2/4 metres by early evening. Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. Weather: Isolated thunderstorms offshore south of Green Cape later tonight. Thursday: Westerly 25/30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots south of Green Cape in the morning. Winds tending southwesterly 20/30 knots before dawn. Seas: 2/4 metres, decreasing to 2/3 metres around midday. Swell: South to southeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres by early evening, then tending southerly 1.5/2 metres later in the evening. Outlook Friday: Southwesterly 20/25 knots increasing to 20/30 knots in the middle of the day then decreasing to 20/25 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1/2 metres, tending east to southeasterly below 1 metre during the afternoon, then tending southerly 1/1.5 metres later in the evening. Outlook Saturday: Southwesterly 20/30 knots decreasing to 15/20 knots during the evening. Seas: 2/3 metres. Swell: Southerly 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres offshore during the evening.Issued Wed 16:05 EST
17:48 EST Queensland cotton growers are planting only 20 per cent of the crop they planted last year as the drought continues to take its toll.