Wednesday: Westerly 15/20 knots, reaching 30 knots offshore. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres offshore. Swell: Southerly 1.5 metres. Thursday: Southwesterly 15/25 knots, reaching 30 knots offshore in the morning, turning south to southeasterly 10/15 knots in the evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres around midday. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2.5 metres. Outlook Friday: Southerly 10/15 knots. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southerly 2/3 metres. Outlook Saturday: Southerly 15/20 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2.5 metres. Weather: The chance of thunderstorms offshore north of Port Stephens in the morning and afternoon.Issued Wed 22:08 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.