Wednesday: Southerly 15/20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Port Stephens in the late evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres offshore. Swell: Southerly 2.5/3 metres. Thursday: South to southwesterly 10/15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the morning. Winds decreasing to about 10 knots in the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell: Southerly 2/3 metres, decreasing to 1.5/2 metres during the morning. Outlook Friday: Northwest to northeasterly 10/15 knots tending east to southeasterly 15/20 knots before dawn. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2.5 metres. Outlook Saturday: Northeasterly 10/15 knots turning northerly 15/20 knots during the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2.5 metres.Issued Wed 22:52 EST
17:34 EST The weather bureau's long-term forecast is predicting a drier than normal October to December for much of eastern Australia and north-west Western Australia.