Thursday: Northeasterly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots north of Port Stephens in the early afternoon. Winds turning northerly 10/15 knots during the afternoon and evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1/2 metres north of Port Stephens. Swell: Easterly around 1 metre. Friday: North to northwesterly 10/15 knots shifting southerly 15/25 knots early in the morning. Winds reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Easterly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning, then tending southeasterly 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Outlook Saturday: Southerly 10/15 knots becoming easterly about 10 knots during the morning. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1/1.5 metres.Issued Thu 10:00 EDT
12:23 EDT Seven days out, forecasts still suggest Christmas Day in Australia will be typically hot, humid and thundery in the north, windy in the south, wet in the southeast and dry on the west coast.